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Old 10-08-2012, 11:31 PM
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Default Previous history of TB

I got actually sick back in 2004. It happened outside of US. Tested positive, computer scan revealed some real damage, though it was an early stage of desease. Successfully underwent the treatment, which was quite lengthy. It got completely cured, but there is no way to hide it. Based on my doctor back in my country, my TB test will be positive for sure, and x-rays will show scars, though healed.
Now with PD getting current, I am just wondering what to expect. Shall I just kiss it good bye, and give some fake excuse to my employer to stop my i-485 filing? this is just to avoid complete embarassment. Anybody else in my situation? Does anybody know civil surgeon who have sufficient experience with such kind of issues? My doctor overseas says that I possess much less threat than anybody with latent from of TB just because in my case bacteria has been actually killed vs. being just dormant.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:54 AM
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Smile Don't worry

You don't have to worry at all.

The objective for health test is that US Govt does not want anyone with active TB infection to enter the country and get others infected as TB can be contagious. If they find someone is infected by way of tests, they will make them go through the treatment before granting the permanent residence - i.e green card.

Generally immigration doctors first do skin test, which in most cases people with prior TB infection will have positive results (in many cases positive skin test does not mean you are infected) - then they will do an X-Ray of your chest (I am assuming that you had TB in your lungs - there are other types of TB as well). That being said your X-Ray will tell the full story that you had TB and it is completely healed now, and you just have left over scars.

What I suggest is - speak to the doctor who will do your health examination for USCIS and explain him before even he does any test. Or better yet, ask your family doctor how to address this with the immigration doctor.

Unfortunately I have gone through this illness and treatment also, so I understand your situation and your questions. When I went through my filing of I-485 in July of 2007, the immigration doctor I went to, requested me to provide a letter from my doctor who treated me in the USA, stating that he treated me in 2001 for the illness.

So go ahead and file for your I-485 without any worries....just do the right thing.

I hope this is helpful.

I am not a doctor

Good luck!
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Smile Don't worry

You don't have to worry at all.

The objective for health test is that US Govt does not want anyone with active TB infection to enter the country and get others infected as TB can be contagious. If they find someone is infected by way of tests, they will make them go through the treatment before granting the permanent residence - i.e green card.

Generally immigration doctors first do skin test, which in most cases people with prior TB infection will have positive results (in many cases positive skin test does not mean you are infected) - then they will do an X-Ray of your chest (I am assuming that you had TB in your lungs - there are other types of TB as well). That being said your X-Ray will tell the full story that you had TB and it is completely healed now, and you just have left over scars.

What I suggest is - speak to the doctor who will do your health examination for USCIS and explain him before even he does any test. Or better yet, ask your family doctor how to address this with the immigration doctor.

Unfortunately I have gone through this illness and treatment also, so I understand your situation and your questions. When I went through my filing of I-485 in July of 2007, the immigration doctor I went to, requested me to provide a letter from my doctor who treated me in the USA, stating that he treated me in 2001 for the illness.

So go ahead and file for your I-485 without any worries....just do the right thing.

I hope this is helpful.

I am not a doctor

Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:27 PM
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I got actually sick back in 2004. It happened outside of US. Tested positive, computer scan revealed some real damage, though it was an early stage of desease. Successfully underwent the treatment, which was quite lengthy. It got completely cured, but there is no way to hide it. Based on my doctor back in my country, my TB test will be positive for sure, and x-rays will show scars, though healed.
Now with PD getting current, I am just wondering what to expect. Shall I just kiss it good bye, and give some fake excuse to my employer to stop my i-485 filing? this is just to avoid complete embarassment. Anybody else in my situation? Does anybody know civil surgeon who have sufficient experience with such kind of issues? My doctor overseas says that I possess much less threat than anybody with latent from of TB just because in my case bacteria has been actually killed vs. being just dormant.
Thanks in advance!
I am in same situation. Waiting for GC . My xray showed scars too. But, surgeon dont know whats cause of scar, he didnt even bother to find. I didnt tell him either. On Ead now. Lets see
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I am in the same situation I was treated in India when i was 15 year it has been very long time now. I do not have any records or prescription of treatment to show as the proof.
Where do I go from here as I cannot get a letter from doctor who treated me.
I am perfectly healthy now, Should I go to any infection specialist and take any kind of precautionary treatment. What do I need to do to get through my medicals.

your suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you.
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