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What Are The Characteristics Or Identities Of 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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what causes shingles...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Shingles is caused by reactivation of a prior infection with the virus that causes chicken pox, Varicella zoster virus. Once you are infected with Varicella, it remains dormant ('asleep')in your body; even though the chicken pox symptoms... Read more »

Shingles during HIV medication

Hello Doctor,I was diagnosed with HIV two years back and under Antiviral medicine of " VIRADAY". My HIV status is undetectable, and less than 20ml in Nov 2013. I am taking my medicine every day one tablet of Viraday.Suddenly i got rashes...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting. Shingles is the reactivation of previous (often childhood) infection with varicella zoster- the virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is very characteristic in appearance and usually does not require any diagnostic... Read more »

Special characteristics of outliers in medical studies

Hello, I'm quite intrigued over wether or not there are special characteristics that describe people who take longer than the usual window period (2 to 3 weeks), to develop HIV antibodies. If there are and have been identified as statistically...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThe guidelines for HIV testing are to be initially tested at 3 weeks then again at 3 months, if both of these tests are negative then so are you.Be well and stay safe, Shannon... Read more »


A long time ago I read a list of characteristics considered common to long term survivors of HIV/AIDS. The list included things like "does not accept the diagnosis as a death sentence" and "performs altruistic acts for others living...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I only vaguely remember what you are talking about. My impressions are that first and foremost being a long term survivor is based on luck. For instance, the late great AIDS activist, Michael Callen, used to say he drank lots of Coca Cola, smoked... Read more »
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ARS rash characteristics... PLEASE clarify!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
i posted here afew days ago, the girl who lives very far away from any city and can't get tested yet, but had a high risk encounter 6 months ago, and now is terrified she's given her boyfriend hiv?

can someone please help me! i know it's not good... Read more »

two characteristics......

Posted by Anonymous
i'm looking for a question for class

What are two characteristics of the HIV virus which make if difficult to eradicate from the body on a cellular level?

please help

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Paul King's Real Identity

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Paul King, the denialist self rightious jerk has had his day. He has remained hidden behind multiple emails, feeling free to attack anyone who might be vulnerable. This is his real identity.Paul King is really Mark Hanau
Domain name:... Read more »

Fearmonger admits identity..

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Well, after posting the following Pinky came unglued and admitted that these fearmongering posts are hers.

The following caused Pinky to blow a gasket:
It looks like Pinky/Imnotcrazy is at it again. The following was first posted:

"And what about the... Read more »