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asymptomatic for at least 15 years
Aug 6, 2008

Have been asymptomatic for at least 15 years recently got Herpez zoster on my trunk. Healed very quickly. Need to knwo whether should go on arvs or immune boosters first

Response from Dr. Henry

Herpez zoster flares are more common in HIV+ patients so an occurence raises the question of whether antiretroviral therapy (ART) should be started. Many other factors enter into that decision including CD4 count level and trend, HIV RNA level and trend, readiness to start ART, and the presence of other symptoms or conditions (such as renal or liver disease). KH

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