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!

 

 

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…

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…

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.

Read more about Sapna'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

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. 

Read more about James' experience

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