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Shingles and Negative?
Dec 31, 2003

I tested negative at 5 1/2 and then at 9 1/2 months on ELISA. About 1 1/2 years out from that point I developed shingles. No additional exposure apart from normal relations with my wife. During that entire period I was extremely stressed out. I am a 45 year old otherwise healthy male athlete. Is there a need to be retested, or am i in the clear?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Healthy but Extremely Stressed-Out 45-year-old Male Athlete,

ELISA testing three months or more after a potential exposure is considered definitive. Shingles does not automatically mean you have HIV disease. In fact, the vast majority of cases are not associated with HIV disease. Do you need to be retested? No, you need some yoga stress-release classes!

Happy Holidays.

Dr. Bob



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