Is HTLV-1 Contagious?
Transmission of HTLV-1 from Person to Person
HTLV-1 is considered to be contagious between people.
Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route,
surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
HTLV-1, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, HTLV-1, can be transmitted:
- by sexual conduct between people.
- from person to person by blood.
- from the mother to her fetus.
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of HTLV-1 is possible from one person to another.
Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness",
"transmission" or "transmissability".
Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics
or inheriting diseases from parents.
For an overview of contagion,
see Introduction to Contagion.
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