A TB diagnosis can be difficult to receive and its treatment challenging. There are a growing number of networks connecting patients and former patients who understand the challenges of treatment. These resources are listed below.

Some former patients and others affected by TB, lend their voices and stories to advocate for TB elimination efforts, so that others will not have to suffer like they did, or their loved ones have, from this preventable and curable disease.

A patient tells her story about diagnosis and treatment to those gathered for the 2017 CTCA Educational Conference



Aeras TB video: California TB Patient Advocate, 2016

International Patients tell their stories of TB

Enrique Speaks at the Annual International Union Against TB and Lung Disease


His Moving TB Soccer Team  Analogy and How as a Team We Can Stop TB:

Forward= Patient with the medical providers and pharma

Middle = Government, research and development

Defense = Stop TB, private sector, NGOs, some associations

Goal Keeper = civil society


TB disease is still challenging to diagnose and to cure. It can be cured in most cases, but TB disease treatment is long, daily and can be complicated. 

We encourage patients to seek support from their health care providers, their health department staff and community patient survivor groups:

TB Voices Project

TB & Me blog


We Are TB Facebook group


Examples of TB disease experiences can be found through these links: California, National, Famous TB Patients.

More information about TB can be found here: Learn about TB, California Department of Public Health, TB Control Program and here: More information, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of TB Elimination

For more specific information about TB in your area, contact your local public health department's TB control program. This contact information is in the Directory of TB Control Programs, in the top right navigation of this website.