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Jul 29, 2001

Dear Sir, Are HTLV-I and HTLV-II STDs and if they are can the HIV antibody test dectect them or is their an entirely different test to take?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

HTLV 1 and 2 are cousins of HIV. HIV used to be referred to as HTLV 3. The mode of transmission is not entirely worked out, although blood borne and sexual transmission are possible. There are antibody tests for these viruses and they are indeed different than HIV antibody tests.

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