|What is HTLV?
May 17, 2001
Dr. Feinberg. I know this is for opportunistic infections, but I couldn't find a better column for it. I was curious about what HTLV-I and HTLV-II are? I see them listed sometimes in conjunction with HIV, but I can't seem to find much information on them. Are they STD's that are similar to HIV? Are they as dangerous? Should a person be tested for those as well? Thanks for your time.
Response from Dr. Feinberg
HTLV stands for Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus, and HIV belongs to this larger family of viruses. However, neither HTLV-1 nor HTLV-2 are epidemic, and both are fairly restricted geographically. They can cause illness that has some overlap with HIV, but they much more commonly result in the development of lymphoma after many years of infection and much less commonly are associated with seconday, opportunisitic-type infections. There is little utility in getting tested for them, and there is n o specific treatment.
Flu shot and ARS
- Jock Itch Could I Have Acute HIV Infection
- White Bumps Could I Have Acute HIV Infection
- Blood In Semen After Sucking Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Urethra After Touching Dried Semen Worried I Have HIV
- Flu Symptoms After Rimming Worried I Have HIV
- Hair Loss After Handjob Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.