Medical Problem – inactive TB

Old May 23rd 2009, 11:28 am
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I am a 175 applicant, waiting for CO. Now I am going to take medical and upload upfront. I need a clarification on my wife medical case. She had TB 10 years ago, it was treated and she is alright now. Is it really mandatory to declare that she had TB and it is in active now in form 160/26?? Because I am really worried it may have impact on VISA decision even though DIAC says it will not. And one more issue that we don’t have any details about what type of treatment were taken, when we say she had TB and I think we must give the complete details of earlier treatment also. How to handle this!!
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Hi mates

I am a 175 applicant, waiting for CO. Now I am going to take medical and upload upfront. I need a clarification on my wife medical case. She had TB 10 years ago, it was treated and she is alright now. Is it really mandatory to declare that she had TB and it is in active now in form 160/26?? Because I am really worried it may have impact on VISA decision even though DIAC says it will not. And one more issue that we don’t have any details about what type of treatment were taken, when we say she had TB and I think we must give the complete details of earlier treatment also. How to handle this!!
Truthfully. The fact that you are even considering hiding this information suggests to me that you are NOT the kind of person Australia would want.

Harsh? Just my opinion.
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I agree.

TB is the reason why immigration ask for a chest X-Ray.
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Hi mates

I am a 175 applicant, waiting for CO. Now I am going to take medical and upload upfront. I need a clarification on my wife medical case. She had TB 10 years ago, it was treated and she is alright now. Is it really mandatory to declare that she had TB and it is in active now in form 160/26?? Because I am really worried it may have impact on VISA decision even though DIAC says it will not. And one more issue that we don’t have any details about what type of treatment were taken, when we say she had TB and I think we must give the complete details of earlier treatment also. How to handle this!!
WHY would you WANT to hide it? Surely it will be found out on her X-ray which will go against you that you have lied!
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WHY would you WANT to hide it? Surely it will be found out on her X-ray which will go against you that you have lied!
What will be the consequences if i declare that she had TB. Wether she will be asked to go for further check and if it is confirmed then is there any chances that VISA may be denied ??
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Probably.

Australia is TB free and they go to extreme lengths to keep it like that (Thank God).

Even if you dont declare it the scarring on the lungs will probably show up on the X-Rays.
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24.7 Inactive tuberculosis
Inactive (or latent) TB is asymptomatic infection of healthy persons with incidental signs of past TB exposure (e.g. x-ray scarring, or positive Mantoux) and/or a history of previous TB treatment. If the applicant is
asymptomatic, HIV-negative and without radiological signs of active TB, form 26 should be graded B and submitted to the relevant post.
The MOC may request further information if concerned about disease activity. However in most cases the applicant will be cleared for travel, possibly with a Health Undertaking (which requires attendance at a chest
clinic in Australia for surveillance). This surveillance is necessary due to the significant (≈10%) chance of relapse in untreated persons with inactive TB. Relapse also occurs in treated persons but at a much lower rate.
Any symptomatic and/or HIV-positive applicant with signs of TB should be assumed to have active disease until proven otherwise. The case should be graded B.

http://www.immi.gov.au/gateways/panel_doctors/conducting_medicals/instructions/panel-doctors-instructions.pdf
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With the reference to above post, page 35 clearly states:

24.7 Inactive tuberculosis
Inactive (or latent) TB is asymptomatic infection of healthy persons with incidental signs of past TB exposure
(e.g. x-ray scarring, or positive Mantoux) and/or a history of previous TB treatment. If the applicant is
asymptomatic, HIV-negative and without radiological signs of active TB, form 26 should be graded B and
submitted to the relevant post.
The MOC may request further information if concerned about disease activity. However in most cases the
applicant will be cleared for travel, possibly with a Health Undertaking (which requires attendance at a chest
clinic in Australia for surveillance). This surveillance is necessary due to the significant (≈10%) chance of relapse
in untreated persons with inactive TB. Relapse also occurs in treated persons but at a much lower rate.
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Unfortunately TB cannot be cured permanently and will remain, albeit inactive, on the lungs. Any future event of major illness can cause the disease to reappear and therefore I think the immig authorities may ask for your wife to attend for further tests and seek a specialist opinion.
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Originally Posted by capetosydney View Post
With the reference to above post, page 35 clearly states:

24.7 Inactive tuberculosis
Inactive (or latent) TB is asymptomatic infection of healthy persons with incidental signs of past TB exposure
(e.g. x-ray scarring, or positive Mantoux) and/or a history of previous TB treatment. If the applicant is
asymptomatic, HIV-negative and without radiological signs of active TB, form 26 should be graded B and
submitted to the relevant post.
The MOC may request further information if concerned about disease activity. However in most cases the
applicant will be cleared for travel, possibly with a Health Undertaking (which requires attendance at a chest
clinic in Australia for surveillance). This surveillance is necessary due to the significant (≈10%) chance of relapse
in untreated persons with inactive TB. Relapse also occurs in treated persons but at a much lower rate.
Hi Thanks for your info

My wife TB was treated before 10 years , now there is no sign of TB but still it will be considered as Inactive TB or is there any other name for that . Because the above explantion means something else in place of inactive TB
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Look if you were honest and you did declare it and the MOC had to decide on it you could still have a bad outcome.

Think of it this way there were 135000 visas available at the start of this year now there is only 108000, they can pick and choose who they want simple as that.
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Look if you were honest and you did declare it and the MOC had to decide on it you could still have a bad outcome.

Think of it this way there were 135000 visas available at the start of this year now there is only 108000, they can pick and choose who they want simple as that.
Dear Concretebob

I am not trying to hide anything , i want to know wether it is rerasoanle to express or not . i woulk to know the consequences of my case before we go for it
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Originally Posted by EE-India View Post
Is it really mandatory to declare that she had TB and it is in active now in form 160/26?? Because I am really worried it may have impact on VISA decision even though DIAC says it will not. And one more issue that we don’t have any details about what type of treatment were taken, when we say she had TB and I think we must give the complete details of earlier treatment also. How to handle this!!
If you don't declare it then you are trying to hide it and I think you may be very sorry as it will come up in your wife's x-ray for sure.
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TB is a major illness so declare it and just go along with process and outcome.
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Has to be told anyway as others have said the Xray will reveal all.

Australia has to protect all its citizens and if you are lucky enough to become one I expect you would want that protection too for your family.
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