Zostovax and HIV
May 8, 2007
My 63 yo wife was advised to receive Zostovax to prevent shingles. Her doc worries I may be susceptible to the herpes zoster virus by my day-to-day exposure to my wife, as I am HIV+. Advice?
Response from Dr. Pierone
Most adults have already acquired infection with chicken pox (varicella-zoster virus) as children and have a dormant infection. This probably applies to you as well so you are not at risk of acquiring new VSV infection. Depending on your age and immune status you may be at risk of reactivating shingles, but the vaccine has not been tested in patients with HIV infection. In any case, there should be no worries about your wife receiving the vaccine.
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