Human T-cell Lymphotrophic Virus I-II Antibody

HTLV-I and HTLV-II tests for the presence of antibodies to HTLV virus, that is spread through body fluids, either sexually, while breast-feeding, or IV drug use. There are two strains: HTLV-I is found in people with T-cell leukemia or lymphomas; HTLV-II is found in people with hairy cell leukemia and tropical spastic paraparesis (a neurological disorder). Some people who have been exposed to these viruses can test positive, but they will not progress to developing the above diseases.


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