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Oct 10, 2000

My partner just tested positive after a severe ITP brought him to a hospital. He has been bruising for about six months so I estimated his PT's to be low for a long period of time. Is ITP a manifestation of acute HIV, or is it an OI and indicates disease progression? His first set of labs will be next week

Response from Dr. Holodniy

ITP is an immunologic reaction against ones own platelets, causing a rapid destruction of platelets, enlarged spleen, and possibly bleeding. It can occur in people without HIV infection. Although it probably can occur in acute infection, it is more common in people with chronic more advanced infection.


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