FRED P. ROSENFELT, M.D.; BARRY E. ROSENBLOOM, M.D.; IRWIN M. WEINSTEIN, M.D.
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To the editor: The exact risk for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in thrombocytopenic homosexual men seropositive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is uncertain. Holzman and colleagues (1) report that thrombocytopenia does not increase the incidence of AIDS in homosexual men from New York exposed to HIV. We have previously described AIDS in a group of homosexual men with immune thrombocytopenia purpura in our Los Angeles community practice (2).
We have treated 12 homosexual men for immune thrombocytopenia purpura. They have been observed for 3 months to 4 years with 1 patient lost to follow-up. Bleeding, purpura, or asymptomatic
ROSENFELT FP, ROSENBLOOM BE, WEINSTEIN IM. Thrombocytopenia in Homosexual Men. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:911–912. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-106-6-911_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(6):911-912.
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