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Dec 21, 1998

I am very confused. I'm afraid I do not understand the difference between HTLV 1, HTLV 2, HIV 1 and HIV 2. Can you have one and not the other? Do they work together or do they invade the body singularly? Causing their own set of problems, but similar to the others? If these are the same what would be the proper tests to take to determine if they have entered the body? Can HTLV 1 or HTLV 2 be tested individually ? Thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

These are actually 4 different viruses which cause different kinds of diseases. HTLV-1 can cause neurologic diseases. HTLV-2 causes T cell leukemia. HIV-2 causes a much slower form of immune deficiency. They are all tested for by using different antibody tests. MH



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