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shingles... - JB

Feb 6, 2001

dear doc jb, can a newly hiv+ infected person could develop shingles or chicken pox in couple of months or years or ahead, EVEN if that person had already experienced that shingles or chicken pox during his childhood days??? Hope for your kind comment. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Bartlett

Yes, the virus which causes chicken pox, known as varicella zoster virus, causes shingles when it reactivates. Persons with HIV can definitely develop shingles at any point during their HIV infection. Shingles can also recur in persons with HIV. If you believe that you have HIV and shingles, contact your health care provider right away.

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