|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
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Chills After Receptive Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Cold Feet After Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Testicular Pain After Open Mouth Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- White Discharge After Touching Vaginal Fluid Worried I Have HIV
- Amoxicillin To Treat Vaginal Infections
- Can Pap Test Show Signs Of An Std?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.