Frustration sets in…
Starting to get slightly frustrated with the whole Peace Corps process. More specifically with the medical clearance part of it. Every time I jump through a hoop, another one pops up!
The latest hoop: about 6 yrs ago I tested positive for tuberculosis (TB) via a skin test (PPD). Once you have a positive PPD, indicating exposure to TB, you will ALWAYS have a positive PPD; no ifs, ands, or buts about it. So, in order to rule out active TB, a chest x-ray is needed. My latest being from 3 weeks ago, with the results indicating no TB, in the hands of the Peace Corps.
Now they want documentation indicating a current positive PPD. Do you see the problem? Not only is it GUARANTEED to be positive, the reintroduction of tuberculin into someone with a past history of a positive PPD runs a high risk for a “SEVERE REACTION” per my doctor who, thankfully, refuses to place another PPD.