At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
Antibodies (serology): To determine whether someone is infected with HTLV, either as a general screen, following potential contact with the virus, or as part of an investigation into the cause of a person’s illness (for example leukaemia or neurological disorders).
Molecular Tests: To confirm diagnosis when antibody tests are inconclusive, to assess risk of development of HTLV-associated complications; to aid diagnosis of HTLV-associated diseases; to monitor infection and treatment.
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
Test Preparation Needed?
No special patient preparation is required for these tests