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Hi every one.
One of my friend is in a very bad situation and needs your advice. He graduated few months back from a Med school in Pakistan. Being a Green Card holder he came to the USA after his Graduation. He opted to volunteer at a Clinic here in the states and had to do the quanteferon test which came back positive.
Did chest x ray which was negative/clear. Now he's very confused and asked me for advice about his USMLE plans/residency in the USA.
He is doubting whether they will take him after the step for residency because of the positive quanteferon and i dont know what to tell him as i am also confused.
Pls any advice will be appreciated. He is really down.
Pls advice.
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May God bless us all in this Struggle.
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Wink Not a big deal

Any US Healthcare worker diagnosed with latent TB needs to take 9 months isoniazid treatment and that's it.

It won't affect his chances of getting into residency or any other clinical career.

Thousands of IMGs have been diagnosed with latent TB and they just took the treatment and that's it.

Quantiferone is not yet a standard test, he'd probably has to do PPD which am sure it will come back positive, he should then hold the "normal" chest X ray report in his hand so that they don't ask him to do further testing (sputum AFB, culture, ...etc).

A negative X ray and the absence of symptoms is enough to refute the diagnosis of active TB and he'll then be labeled as having only latent TB which is as I mentioned above is not a big deal.

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Thanks very much StepTaker.
He was so depressed this afternoon. Thanks, he's some how relieved a bit now. So what's your advice, should he keep studying for step 1 while taking medication at the health Department here or he should forget about step 1 for now.
Btw he told me he has schedule his exam for August.
any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks once more.
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His TB status has nothing to do with Step 1 preparation! He can do whatever he like.

Just take the treatment and it would be great if he can get a certificate from the treating physician that he completed the 9 months course so that would be an evidence for other other people in case they ask for it.

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Thanks StepTaker for helping out.
He's relieved now. He was just asking that he is afraid to take the Isoniazid because of liver complications and also studying for step 1 but i told him to just stay focus and study. Guess they can still allow him to volunteer because he's latent and not contagious to people.
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