Nov 15, 2005
Can you get shingles from having sex with someone who has it?
| Response from Dr. Conway
Shingles is caused by a herpes virus called varicella zoster virus, and causes typical vesicular (or blistering) rashes anywhere on the body. It is generally transmitted by the airborne route rather than by direct contact.
This is a relative of herpes simplex virus that is transmitted sexually, causing blisters anywhere on the genital or perianal area, generally speaking. The other thing to remember about genital herpes is that it increases the risk of transmission of HIV....
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