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A 26-year-old male asked:

Hello doctors, thank you for your time, is it possible for a person to acquire t cell cancer months after sexually transmitted htlv1 infection ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Little or no risk: HTLV of all types (1, 2, 3) is rare and probalby most infections are not sexually acquired. And cancer probably is a rare consequence of HTLV; if it happens, probably it's usually decades later. This isn't something to be worried about. Tested for HTLV should not be done because of sexual exposure or lifetyle.
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