|Shingles and HIV
Jul 19, 2002
I've tested negative out to 8 months via ELISA, Western Blot, PCR DNA and P24 Antigen but have developed a case of Shingles. I've read that Shingles is frequently found to be an opportunistic infection in HIV infected individuals. Do you think that I am HIV negative and that the shingles are just a coincidence. I've also read that stress can activate shingles which would account for a lot. You thoughts would be appreciated.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Shingles, which is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that we have all been exposed to and carry, occurs in many many people without HIV infection.
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