How can you get TB?


TB is caused by TB bacteria. It is spread through the air from one person to another. Somebody who has TB in his /her lungs can put the bacteria into the air, when he/she is coughing, talking or sneezing. If you are nearby you may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

You can get TB easier, if you are in poor physical condition, have lost plenty of weight due lack of food or if you have HI virus.

It is not your own faultif you get TB. TB is not caused by angry spirits. It is not a punishment for bad deeds and  is not an inherited disease.

How can you get tb

Can I get TB from spoons or cups, or if I drink from the same bottle as somebody who has TB?

No you can’t, since the bacteria can’t cause TB if they are swallowed.

Can I get TB if I sleep in a bed where somebody who has TB has slept earlier?

No you can’t unless he/she is still sleeping in the same room. The bacteria stick to the bed sheets and are not lifting into the air even if you shake the bed sheets. That’s why you can’t breathe them in.

Can I get TB in a bus if I sit close to somebody who coughs?

You don’t have to be afraid to use busses or trains because of TB. TB is not easily spread. To get TB you have to be usually several hours near a person who has TB. You should anyhow move little bit far away from a couching person and wash your hands after you have left the bus. The person who is coughing can have flue which is much easily spread.

Can I get TB if some of my relatives comes to live with me and has serious cough?

Yes you can, if he/she has TB. If your relative has been coughing long, take him/her to examinations. By doing so you will find out the cause of his/her cough.

Can I get TB during sexual intercourse?

  • You can’t get TB from sexual intercourse or through kissing. However, if your partner has had long cough he/she can have TB. If you spend long time with him/her it is possible to get TB.
  • If your partner is getting treatment for TB you can have sexual intercourse with him/her. A TB patient who receives regular treatment does not spread the disease.