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Is abdominal tuberculosis contagious?

Saturday, 31 July 2004
Answered by: Dr. Venk Mani
Consultant Physician,
Leigh Infirmary,
UK
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Q. I have been diagnosed for abdominal (intestinal) tuberculosis. Is it orally contagious - will my girlfriend be infected by it if we kiss?

A.  Tuberculosis is a treatable condition in most cases and I am sure you are receiving treatment. Your girl friend, I would presume would have been immunised, and as such kissing should not be particularly infectious. However it is always advised that close contacts should always be screened for active infection.

A.  Tuberculosis is a treatable condition in most cases and I am sure you are receiving treatment. Your girl friend, I would presume would have been immunised, and as such kissing should not be particularly infectious. However it is always advised that close contacts should always be screened for active infection.

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