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Viral Infection Throat And 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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Shingles/ Viral Load Significance Test

I went to an infectious disease doctor about two months, 8 weeks , after I came down with Shingles and sore throat. He saw how absolutely worried I was, and that my last "possible" exposure to and STD or HIV, was 7 to 8 weeks prior to my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yep, you can stop worrying. Not all cases of shingles are related to HIV. In fact, the great majority are not! I totally agree with your infectious diseases doctor. The 12-week negative ELISA is absolutely conclusive. You do not have HIV. The... 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 »

strep throat causes increased viral load?

Every time I take my son to the HIV clinic, they talk about a different reason to change his medication regimen(zerit,viramune,and videx) to a protease inhibitor regimen. Sometimes they talk about viral load, sometimes about the percentage 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
Dear Mom, your doctors are trying to get your son's viral load below detectable levels. It sounds like the combination he is on now is not doing the trick. We know that some infections can increase viral load transiently (including pneumonias,... Read more »

sore throat/head cold and viral load

Hello. My boyfriend's viral load is around 50,000, his t cell count about 370 and he's going on a Combivir/Sustiva combo next month. This week he has a sore throat and the symptoms of a head cold that many people are gettig this fall....
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
There is no data to my knowledge about how the common cold affects these numbers. We do know that serious infections and vaccinations can increase viral load by 2-100 times. However, these are usually transient increases, and most people get back to... Read more »
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throat infection

Posted by worriedinky, 1 Reply
i have never had unprotected sex, but last fall i went to my doctor with the following symptoms: yellow infection pockets on the back of my throat, moderate fever. NO rash. The doctor tested my throat, and found some traces of meningitis bacteria... Read more »

Viral Infection?

Posted by nicole1992
My primary care physician asked me to come back in a few weeks after my initial appointment at the beginning of March to check on the swollen lymphnode. My lymphnode is still swollen but it fluctuates in size so my doctor said she doesn't believe... Read more »

throat infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
When you have ars a couple of weeks after a sexcontact, does it, like sore throat, appear at once or do you feel it coming in a week???

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swollen throat with poss. infection????

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
i dont think i ever had ARS symptoms. but it has been about a year and a half since possible exposure and about 8 months of that I have had swollen throat glands........ does this sound common for anyone else who has tested possitive?
i am going to... Read more »