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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

can I return to work a week after rash appears...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
See below from US Center for Disease Control Website:Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who... Read more »

Shingles and HIV

Hi Dr,I've tested negative out to 8 months via ELISA, Western Blot, PCR DNA and P24 Antigen but have developed a case of Shingles. I've read that Shingles is frequently found to be an opportunistic infection in HIV infected individuals. Do...
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
Shingles, which is reactivation of the chicken pox virus that we have all been exposed to and carry, occurs in many many people without HIV infection.... Read more »

Shingles, magnetic couple, concerned for boyfriend

Dr. Bob, Thank you for your help and for your advise. Your answers have been very helpful and comforting for me since I was diagnosed a year ago.My question relates to shingles. I am 45, 480 CD4, 36,000 v.l., not on medications yet. I think I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Bonjour!Je visiterai Montreal la semaine prochaine! J'adore cette ville pittoresque et amusante.Your description of a one-sided painful rash is indeed consistent with shingles. Yes, it could be contagious to someone who is not already immune to... Read more »

Shingles and HIV

Dr. Fisher,I was just diagnosed with Shingles. I have been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, but we both tested negative 5 months ago (before we began sexual activity). Should I re-test for HIV? Should I be concerned? Are Shingles and...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
Yes shingles can occur as an opportunistic infection in people with HIV. But it can also occur in people without HIV infection at virtually any age (though it is most common in people over 50). Indeed I had shingles over 20 years ago and do not... Read more »
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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 »

Oral sex with a young guy who has shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hey folks, at 36 & recently out of a gay, eight year monogamous relationship I have reentered the dating scene. I've been sexually active with a 28 year old male in the last several weeks, and he was diagnosed with a case of shingles last week.... Read more »

shingles?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had a sexual encounter yesterday with a guy who appeared to have shingles. when i asked him he said it was eczema, which i did not argue, but while changing him in sexual positions i did noticed that the shingles were in his ankles, and other body... 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 »