Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura in homosexual men.

  title={Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura in homosexual men.},
  author={Lorna Morris and Ariel Distenfeld and Edward Amorosi and Simon Karpatkin},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={96 6 Pt 1},
Since November 1980 we have diagnosed 11 cases of severe autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura in homosexual men; their mean platelet count (+/- SE) was 16 000 +/- 3000/mm3. All patients have been sexually active with multiple partners and exposed to numerous viruses and drugs. During this period, we also have diagnosed 20 cases of classic autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura in heterosexual persons, with a normal women to men ratio of 3:1. Eight of nine homosexual patients had elevated platelet… CONTINUE READING