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Shingles After Touching Skin Worried I Have HIV

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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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Can worry cause shingles ?

What's the chance that an HIV neg. person would develop Shingles seven days after having risky sexual contact with a person who has primary HIV?...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Herpes zoster (shingles) usually occurs in adults who have a prior history of chickenpox as children. It is an outbreak of skin lesions, which occurs due to reactivation of a virus that has been dormant previously. It is most likely to occur in... Read more »

Dr. Bob, very worried. Saliva came in touch with open wound,

Dr. Bob, An escort was licking my face, later i realised that i had a cut on my face. She could be HIV positive, if she is HIV positive and since her saliva comes into contact with my blood, am i at risk of getting HIV?Let me know. Thanks. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Nope. Saliva does not transmit HIV. (See below. I'll reprint some basic information about HIV transmission.)Thanks for your tax-deductible donation to The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org).Stay well.Dr. BobDr.... Read more »

HIV with "Raw skin - needless worry?"

Thanks so much for the time you take answering these questions. Provides a lot of comfort, and it's good to get objective views rather than our emotional ones.I am happily married with kids, but gave in to some temptation - got a lap dance at a...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,There is <b>no risk</b> from any of the situation you describe. <b>None</b>. HIV can only enter your body through a fresh opening on your body. This can include the stable openings like the mouth,... Read more »

Shingles Starting Treatment & Queen Issues (SHINGLES AND HIV, 2009) (WHEN TO START ANTIRETROVIRAL TREATMENT, 2009)

Hi Dr Bob, Three weeks ago I came down with Shingles. A small patch on the back of my neck and a little across my chest all on the left side. I went to my local GP and he gave me Valtrex ( the 7 day shingle pack)Since then the pain has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
G'day Aussie Drew,Relax mate! Approximately 95% of healthy adults are seropositive for varicella zoster virus (VZV), the virus that causes shingles. Of this 95%, about 5% of healthy adults develop zoster (shingles). The risk for those of us... Read more »
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Shingles_ARS_HIV-

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I had shingles about a month after a sexual experience. I also had other ars symptoms along with really dark urine. I have tested 3 times for Hep and Hiv- 1 month 6.5 weeks and 9 weeks- all negaitive. My Doc seems sure I have nothing to worry... Read more »

body fluid touched the skin without intercourse

Posted by mona811
can anyone tell me that if body fluid has touched the skin without intercoursing can person be effected with hiv 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 »

My sister is HIV+ and has shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I was just wondering if anyone had experience with HIV and shingles. She's been fighting the shingles now for about 5 months and they'll just start to go away and then come back again. She was very thin for a while, but looked really good and had... Read more »