Sep 30, 2002
nice forum, lots of info here. quick question: how common in herpes-zoster, even a mild case of it in acute HIV infection?
i thought this kind of stuff would happen later in the progression of hiv. thanks for all you help!
Response from Mr. Kull
It is not a commonly reported illness associated to acute HIV infection, but a shingles (herpes zoster) outbreak is possible. During acute HIV infection, people can experience a dramatic drop in CD4 counts, making them susceptible to opportunistic infections, like shingles.
Since shingles is unusual in healthy adults (more common in immune compromised and elderly), acute HIV infection should be considered, but only if there was a questionable or significant exposure (you are a man who has sex with men, an injection drug user, etc.).
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