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Shingles and HIV
Oct 24, 2001

Dr. Fisher,

I was just diagnosed with Shingles. I have been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, but we both tested negative 5 months ago (before we began sexual activity). Should I re-test for HIV? Should I be concerned? Are Shingles and HIV related?

Response from Dr. Fisher

Yes shingles can occur as an opportunistic infection in people with HIV. But it can also occur in people without HIV infection at virtually any age (though it is most common in people over 50). Indeed I had shingles over 20 years ago and do not have HIV. However I do recommend that anyone (less than 40-50 years old) with shingles have an HIV test. Your test 5 months ago should reassure you, but have the test done again anyway. AF


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