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Shingles or something else?
Oct 27, 2001

Dr. Henry,

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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