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Mar 1, 2000

Dear doctor could you tell me what is the connection between AIDS and HTLV-1, how does HTLV-1 affect someone with AIDS for 13 years, does it make AIDS progress faster and any other information you could provide I would be grateful.

Thank you

Response from Dr. Feinberg

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was originally called HTLV-3. HTLV-1 is distantly related to HIV and is found mostly in Japan and the Caribbean, but is relatively uncommon in the U.S. It can cause a number of illnesses, including T cell leukemia and lymphoma, myelopathy (disease of the spinal cord), myositis (muscle inflammation) and arthritis. It can cause immunosuppression, like HIV. People who have both infections may have a more rapid progression of their HIV disease.

I hope you can give me an idea what it might be

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