Mar 29, 2000
would you please tell me what are the symptoms of HTLV-1 to someone who has been infected for ten years.
Also 14 years with AIDS.
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| Response from Dr. Henry
HTLV-1 infection is often asymptomatic for life. When disease is expressed it can be in the form of a form of T cell leukemia often with prominent skin involvement or a neurologic disorder. There may be some interaction between HTLV-1 and HIV making each virus grow better with worse clinical outcomes but that is not certain. Most people with HTLV-1 have not gotten sick. A good HIV doc can monitor the situation and provide reassurance. Keith Henry, M.D.
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