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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles and HIV How Is It Transmitted? How Is Shingles Treated? Can Shingles Be Prevented? The Bottom Line 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...
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HELP !!! Shingles during Seroconversion

Ryan,Is shingles something that could be seen during ARS, for instance a week after unprotected intercourse, or would it take substanially more time for HIV to weaken the immune system to reactivate Herepes Zoster ?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
I think you are asking me whether or not you have HIV based on a diagnosis of shingles. You know how I feel about that! You should determine your HIV status based on your risk for infection and through appropriate screening tests and should... Read more »

Shingles ? Please help, suffering.

I recently had unprotected sex , i am a female. i know it was stupid , but i was drinking, no excuse. I did not know this man very well, but he was nice , seemed healthy and claimed he used to be pre-med. About seven days after the incident, I...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Actually, what you have sounds more like herpes simplex-- a related virus-- than shingles. See a doctor for a definitive diagnosis. If/when viesicles appear, they can be tested for these 2 viruses (HSV and VZV). You may also benefit from... Read more »

chance of false positive

my son was diagnosed as HIV positive at the age of 27 during treatment for an outbreak of shingles. He had two test prior to the western blot, one positive result and one negative and then a positive blot. His doctors at the hospital's center of...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
I don't think so. Read more »

What can cause low CD4 AND low viral count? New dx

My brother has just been diagnosed with HIV. His CD4 count is 50, which I understand is low. His viral count is 20,000, which I understand is not too high. He had a shingles infection three months ago but other than that he has been healthy. This...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
One of the great mysteries is how this virus affects everyone differently. Many people can have advanced disease and not have symptoms and have relatively low viral loads. Part of this may be because the virus has burned out the immune system... Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? HSV and HIV How Is HSV Transmitted? How Is Herpes Treated? Can Herpes Be Prevented? The Bottom Line What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see ... Read more »
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Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

Advice for the Newly Diagnosed Damaries Cruz Diagnosed in 1991 "When I was diagnosed I had to find a way to turn this horrible thing, this negative thing, into a positive. I had a choice: I could sit there and cry and let this thing eat... Read more »
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Immune Restoration Syndrome

What Is Immune Restoration Syndrome? How Was the Syndrome Identified? Bad News -- Or Good? What Problems Can Occur? How Is the Syndrome Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Immune Restoration Syndrome? Some people who start... Read more »
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Still Worried

Posted by bashy, 3 Replies
I have been tested negative out to 3.5 years but six months ago i was diagnosed with shingles and only yesterday i was diagnosed with oral thrush, these symptoms just evoke my anxities. Ive 1 pcr, 4 duo tests and 10 antibody tests up to 9 months... Read more »

Excessive Mastubation

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Ever since I found out that I'm poz, I've been spending a lot more time mastubating. Is that normal? Or could it be because of the amount of time I've been spending reading posts about sexual issues? Pleasing myself has become an every day thing... Read more »

Lost

Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

Shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Someone told me that shingles is one of the first indications of being HIV positive. I had shingles in 2002, and has felt fine since then. Although I do occassionally get dandruff. I had a dermatologist take a scalp sample and he said it was... Read more »