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Also known as: Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus; HTLV-I/II Antibodies; HTLV-I/II by PCR
Formal name: Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Types I/II Antibodies; Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Types I/II by PCR

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect a human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) infection; to help diagnose the cause of adult T-cell leukemia or lymphoma or HTLV-associated myelopathy

When to Get Tested?

When you have signs or symptoms that suggest that you may have an HTLV-associated condition, especially when you have identified risk factors; rarely when you have donated blood and been told that you are positive for HTLV

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; rarely a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collected by a doctor from the lower back using a procedure called a lumbar puncture or spinal tap

Test Preparation Needed?