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Is It Bad To Scratch Shingles

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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I scratched badly my HIV+ puppy

Dear doctor,while respecting rules for serodiscordant couples we got into more wildest mood and I accidentaly scrached my boyfriend horribly :). I think I had even his skin behind my nails. His wound was bleeding, but I did not get into contact with...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The HIV-acquisition risk is essentially nonexistent, as his blood did not come into contact with your mucous membranes or non-intact skin. I realize it's Halloween and all, but I would suggest you tone down your Freddy Krueger sex... Read more »

transmission through dog scratch

Hi,Can you please tell me if hiv transmission is possible through a pet scratch? My friend's dog scratched me pretty good the other day, and I worry that the dog may have scratched my friend first, and then there would be a risk of hiv...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Whats up with this dog? He scratches your friend and then he scratches you? Id say its time to trim his nails and consider some obedience classes. My pooch Presto is quite horrified by such bad behavior. Well despite all that, is there an HIV... Read more »

scratching testicles worries

Dear Bob,I had sex with a call girl (not so good looking). Anyways, I has sex with her and remember that i had scrathed my self before having sex with her. I tried to find any bleeding on my tesicles where i Had scarthed my self and could not find...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello "scratching testicles Worried",You walk around scratching your nuts and then have sex with a "not so good looking" call girl?? Sounds like the opening scent to a bad porno movie.Relax, big guy. Your condom should have... Read more »

scratch in my lip

hi i have a bad lip chap and i had oral sex with my gf who's HIV+ so my question is how high is my risk of getting HIV from that unprotected relation?? in the saturday morning it was bleeding and, when we had sex like at 12am sunday, it...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
You are describing what most would consider to be a relatively low risk scenario. However, when you have "slips" or unprotected sexual risk occasions with your HIV+ partner you should try to speak directly with a physician. Ideally you... Read more »
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Infection throgh scratches

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi,

Hope someone can advise.

I've always been served by this HIV positive beautician for about 2 years and have not feared for my life before. BUT since 11 Oct 1999, I've been living in fear of contracting HIV.

On that day, while she was massaging... Read more »

Shingles = HIV?

Posted by grcboy30, 5 Replies
Hi there.
I had chicken pox at 5 years old so can develop shingles. I haven't been to the doctor yet but have what I am pretty sure is shingles on the side of my chest (a pink rash which is itchy with bumps). I am terrified of HIV. I am only 30... Read more »

shingles

Posted by tboy, 3 Replies
last week I was diagnosed with shingles. I didn't get nearly the attention of the doctors or information I needed. Oh sure I recieved a prescription but not much information. I'm taking acyclovir (sp?) It is painful to sleep and my leg looks... Read more »

shingle will happen twice or more?

Posted by JHIV130306, 3 Replies
help!!! i had shingle few weeks ago but it seems recovered,however,i today felt that i have the same symptom of developing shingle the other side of my body!!! will this happen this way? anyone had this situation before? please~~~~i'm so... Read more »