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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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Recently stopped meds(2 weeks ago), starting to get "things", ie:(shingles, thrush, etc.)

I recently stopped meds due to, too many side effects. However, I am scared now because of the fact that I have had a breakout of shingles(w/ great dibilitating pain), on my left buttocks. I have had shingles at least 11 x's during my 20 yrs...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Dear Dave in Rochester, In general, I wouldn't necessarily tie the discontinuation of your HIV medications with the onset of shingles-- not an absolute, but it be less usual.On the other hand, discontinuation of your preventive acyclovir can... Read more »

Shingles

Can you get shingles from having sex with someone who has it?...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Shingles is caused by a herpes virus called varicella zoster virus, and causes typical vesicular (or blistering) rashes anywhere on the body. It is generally transmitted by the airborne route rather than by direct contact.This is a relative of... Read more »

Shingles or Syphilis?

Hello everyone, a friend of mine has started breaking out with Rashes on one side of his body. It started with two bumps on his back. As they were healing, it had honey colored crust around the scabs. When they finally healed, a cluster of small...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi,Sounds like your friend has shingles. Shingles is one of the very few things that causes a rash only on one side of the body.He should get in contact with his doctor or urgent care center.BY... Read more »

Are Shingles a Sign of HAART Rejection?

As always, I want to express my many "Thank You's" to you all here on this site. Anyway, here is my problem. CD4- 85, V.L.- undetectable (before my bout which I am about to tell you - I recently had new tests, and am awaiting...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Shingles (herpes zoster) is common in the general population and more common in HIV+ or other immunocompromised persons. Shingles is seen in HIV+ persons across a wide range of CD4 counts including persons with higher (ie > 350) CD4 cells... Read more »
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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 »

What things cause a false positive?

Posted by Anonymous
....on a rapid (oraquick) test?

Are their certain medical conditions, medicines, etc that cause these false positives???

Just wodering why they happen? Read more »

Can I get Shingles from another Poz guy if I had ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can I get shingles from another poz person even if I already had them myself in the past??? Read more »

Shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am currently suffering from shingles 2 weeks after unprotected vaginal sex (i am male) with someone whos hiv status i do not know. The symptoms begain 1 and a half weeks after the possible exposure. I am very concerned - how concerned should i be?

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