|Shingles or something else?
Oct 27, 2001
I had a quick question regarding shingles. I was recently diagnosed with shingles, however the doctor was not 100 sure and said it could be something else (did not take a culture). I am concerned because I've read shingles can be related to HIV, and many doctors recommend HIV testing after diagnosed with shingles (esp. to those under 40). However, I tested 3 months ago and was HIV negative. Furthermore, the rash is much better after 1 week, and is at a small area on my lower back (2 x 2 inches at the most). If it were shingles wouldn't it be more widespread and last longer? Please help!
| Response from Dr. Henry
From what you described that skin rash would be very unlikely to be shingles. Also, shingles is rarely an initial manifestation of HIV infection. KH
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