I don't keep up with the HTLV literature. It is a rare cause of disease in industrialized countries. I don't know the window period for testing. Testing for HTLV is not normally done anyway outside research setttings. It's not an STD, by and large, thus outside my field of expertise.
HTLV is a rare virus in the US apparently and I'm guessing even more so here in Canada. Mainly found in the Carribean, Japan, and among Aboriginal people is what I've read. The funny thing is, when I called the clinic here, they' didn't even know what I was talking about, I had to tell them, then they called the health department. They can test for it as part of the Hiv test, they jus have to tick it off on the form when you get tested.
Apprently most people are healthy carriers, but it can cause t-cell leukimea in some, and HAM/TSP in others. The latter is what scares me most, as it means by by walking and functioning normal.
I am not a doctor, this is just the research I've come across. I know a girl who could have been with IDUs, definetly drug users ( I didn't knwo at teh time) so maybe injection drugs as well. Tested neg at 3 months, and so did my other partners Iw as concerned about. But I still have symptoms, and I hate the anxiety catch all reply, I know when my body is telling me check engine, you know what I mean?
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