|k.s. and shingles
Mar 2, 2001
my question is.... last night at a gathering of friends, I discovered that an acquaintance is just getting over shingles. I am a 40 year old male with Aids and K.s. I was told the chance of contracting it was zero. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Response from Dr. Dezube
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. Most likely your acquaintance HAD chicken pox in the past. After his initial bout of chicken pox, the virus laid dormant for years and finally erupted again as shingles (we call this reactivation). If you have had chicken pox already, then the likelihood is very low that you will "catch" his shingles. However if you have had chicken pox, at some point, the virus could erupt again in you. If you have NOT had chicken pox, then you indeed can catch it from him. Finally, he is not contagious once his lesions crust over. Hope this helps.
Fear of developing KS
- What Are The Chances Of Getting Shingles?
- How Long After Possible Infection Should I Wait Before Getting A Blood Test For Hepatitis C?
- Can You Get Hiv Because You Have Small Cuts On Your Fingers?
- What Is The Difference Between Herpes Igg And Igm?
- What Color Are Genital Herpes Lesions?
- What Are The Odds Of Contracting Genital Herpes After Sleeping With Someone Who Has It But Not An Outbreak?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.