I was doing some research last night...yet MORE to obcess over...and found something interesting. As some of u may remember, i had a blood transfusion a year before my symptoms started and subsequently tested positive for a blood infection that resulted from that transfusion. It's called Human Lymphotrophic T-Cell Virus...or HTLV for short. I only found this out after giving blood and recieving a letter from the blood services office stating my blood had been denied (same service by the way that provided the transfusion for me!). At the same time i'd already started to see my ob-gyn for the fatigue and general not feeling well. That was where my journey started..and the two things (HTLV and MS) merged. I tested pos 5 times for HTLV and on the 6th time (final test to determine whether type 1 or 2) i tested neg. I was completely overjoyed since my doc said that test was more accurate and should be accepted as the final answer. I now go annually to have the test repeated 'just in case'. Welllll...in my research last night (trying to determine if i'd missed something and am on the wrong ms path) i did another search of 'ms mimics' and came across something interesting. HTLV is considered an ms mimic. Not only that...it is an infection and can infect the cns. It can 'trigger' ms. OHMYGOSH. At this point i'm completely dumbfounded. Could this all be the HTLV or MS or HTLV FIRST and NOW MS??? I know i have to have that test repeated soon and at least try to put my mind at rest, but really that won't put me at ease. Afterall, i tested pos 5 times and was told the 6th one that was neg was the one to go with. I guess i don't really have a point except that here i am...a year later and no answers but back where i began. Surely there must be a connection? HTLV isn't normally tested for except by people like the blood services since they'll be passing on u'r blood. So, i'm sure i wasn't tested at any of my doc's offices. Does anyone know anything about HTLV? It is a cousin to HIV, but not HIV and doesn't develope into AIDS. Boy, what a great way to begin the weekend. Thanks to u all for reading.