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!

 

 

Tom's TB story

In 1979, at the age of 19, Tom was admitted to hospital with an excess of fluid around the lungs, and inflammation around the heart. On admission, nobody knew quite how ill Tom was, but he dropped more than two stone in two weeks. Tom was unable to get out of bed and did not want to eat. He also felt cold and shivery, despite sweating constantly.

Read more about Tom's experience…

David's TB story

In August 2004, David from North London was diagnosed with drug-resistant TB. At the time he was drinking too much, sleeping rough and not taking care of himself. David was seriously ill. He knew things had to change but he also needed help and support with his living conditions, not just his TB.

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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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Natalie's TB story

Natalie, a young mum with two young children, was relieved when she was told she had renal (kidney) TB, because she finally knew what was wrong with her and that it could be cured.

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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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