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!

 

 

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. 

Read more about Manisha'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.

Read more about David’s experience…

Gemma's TB story

Gemma first became ill at the beginning of 2009 at the age of 23.

"My first symptom was weight loss - at first I didn't think anything of it. It wasn't till I had lost a stone that I went to the doctor. By this point I was feeling like it was somewhat out of control and I didn't like it. I also suffered from terrible night sweats."

Read more about Gemma's experience

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.

Read more about Natalie's experience…

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…

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