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Mar 15, 2000

Dear doctor could you tell me the connection between AIDS and HTLV-1, how can HTLV-1 affects someone with AIDS?

Thank you, please answer, this is the third time I am posting the question.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

I believe I've answered this before. HIV was once called HTLV-3. They are distantly related. It is possible to have both infections. HTLV-1 doesn't cause AIDS, but usually causes T cell leukemia or lymphoma, and is found mostly in Japan, Africa and the Caribbean. Having both infections may possibly lead to more rapid progression to AIDS.

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