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.
Thank you very much for the great service you provide.
There are times you are irreplaceable.
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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