Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne bacterial infection. It usually occurs in the lungs, but it can spread anywhere through the bloodstream or lymph nodes. TB may remain inactive until the immune system becomes compromised, at which point it can cause tissue death within organs and be potentially deadly if untreated. Antibiotics have made this once-widespread condition rare. Symptoms include coughing, trouble breathing, fatigue, fever, sweating, and more. Treatments depend on whether you have inactive, active, or multidrug-resistant TB. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how tuberculosis is contracted, how to treat it, and much more.
Tuberculosis in People With HIV
It's not a problem for most people. But this opportunistic infection is a leading cause of death for people with HIV. Find out why and what you can do about it.
What Is Tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis is a dangerous bacterial infection that attacks the lungs. Learn how it’s spread, who’s at risk, and what the symptoms are.
What’s the Treatment for Tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that can be dangerous, but it’s almost always curable. Learn what medications are used for each type of the disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Tuberculosis?
Did you know you could have tuberculosis (TB) and not know it? Learn the symptoms that let you know you have this serious – but treatable – condition.