When is HIV testing indicated in the evaluation of immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)?

Updated: Apr 22, 2018
  • Author: Craig M Kessler, MD, MACP; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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In patients who have risk factors for HIV infection, a blood sample should be tested with an enzyme immunoassay for anti-HIV antibodies. [39] During the acute HIV retroviral syndrome, the results of the anti-HIV assay may be negative. In this situation, a polymerase chain reaction for HIV DNA is more reliable than the anti-HIV assay.


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