Welcome to The Truth About TB

Have you heard of tuberculosis? It is often called TB for short.

Some people know the name, without knowing much about the illness itself. This website should tell you all you need to know about TB.  It contains information on symptoms and risks, keeping yourself and your loved ones safe, treatment and information about your rights. If you want to know more, you can ask us a question, or browse the questions we have already been asked.

Read stories of people who have been affected by TB in the UK, and watch them talk about their real life experiences in our video. If you have had TB, feel free to leave your own story – together we can let everyone know the truth about TB!

 

 

Arthensia's TB story

When Arthensia overheard her doctor discussing TB symptoms she said, ‘That’s it!’

It had taken a year to gain a diagnosis - Arthensia had been prescribed allergy treatment and had even attempted to treat herself with cold remedies. By this time, she had fluid in her lungs and stomach, and an enlarged liver.

Read more about Arthensia's experience…

Louise's TB story

Despite giving up smoking and a course of antibiotics, Louise's chest infection did not clear. She went to her GP many times with an ongoing cough, weight loss, sweats and a general feeling of tiredness – classic symptoms of TB. Yet it took a visit to A&E, after coughing up blood, before Louise was diagnosed with infectious TB.

 

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Manisha's TB story

Manisha would like to share her story, as the day she was diagnosed she had read the stories on this website, which gave her the confidence that she could fight through this. In 2013 at the age of 24 Manisha was diagnosed with TB, which was a shock as she's an active person with a healthy lifestyle. It began with just a cough that became constant over time. 

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James's TB story

James’ experience of tuberculosis treatment is fresh in his mind and his emotions – 60 years on from being diagnosed with pulmonary TB in December 1952. The fact that he is alive today, to retell his story, is testament to the exciting changes that were happening to TB treatment at the time, with the development of a new range of new drugs. 

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Sapna's TB story

In January 2006 Sapna, an IT Support Analyst from London, found herself in intensive care and diagnosed with TB meningitis. It was a shock because she didn’t know that TB meningitis existed or that there were so many different types of TB.

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