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HIV INFECTION AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE BODY: AIDS-RELATED COMPLEX, OR ARC-IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA (ITP)

When a person has idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or ITP, the body for some reason produces antibodies which attack the platelets that allow the blood to clot. Thus, the symptoms of ITP are excessive bruising and bleeding. ITP is a relatively unusual medical condition that can occur in people without HIV infection, but it is far more common in those with the infection. Most people are unaware of this condition; it is usually discovered with routine laboratory testing. Several forms of treatment are considered effective.     Whether ITP means that HIV infection is progressing is unclear. Many studies have shown that people with HIV-related ITP do not go on to get AIDS any faster than people with HIV infection who do not have ITP. Other studies have shown that people with HIV-related ITP develop AIDS more quickly than people who have HIV infection but do not have ITP.

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