Treatment

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection and TB disease. Both latent TB infection and TB disease can be treated.

Without treatment latent TB infection can progress to TB disease.  If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

Treatment in Specific Populations

Treatment for latent TB infection and TB disease for the following populations have additional considerations.

Page last reviewed: April 8, 2016