HTLV-1

Definition / meaning of HTLV-1

A type of virus that infects T cells (a type of white blood cell) and can cause leukemia and lymphoma. HTLV-1 is spread by sharing syringes or needles, through blood transfusions or sexual contact, and from mother to child during birth or breast-feeding. Also called human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 and human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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