What Can I Do For My Immune System To Keep From Getting Shingles Again

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Recurrence of Shingles

Dr. Joseph, Have you ever seen a case of Shingles lasted more than 1 month?! if yes in HIVer what about others who are HIV negative? Why do they keep having Shingles? my cousin is getting Shingles all the time and he is HIV negative, we don't have...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...skin which may extend the healing process. If new lesions are appearing than it would indicate a problem with your cousin's immune system. If he is HIV -negative he should be evaluated by an immunologist to look for an underlying cause.Good... Read more »

Just diagnosed and also have shingles please answer!

I am 22 year old male in the UK and have just had the devastating news that I am HIV+. I wouldn't... Read more »


Hi Doc,You truly are an amazing human being and I find your sense of humuor very amusing. Thanks... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration Syndrome

...they previously had might return. In other cases, they develop a new disease. This is linked to improvements in the patients' immune systems. The problems usually occur in the first two months after starting HIV therapy. This condition is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...shingles vaccine developed by Merck, has been approved by the FDA. However, it has not been studied in people with weakened immune systems, including people with HIV. The Bottom Line Shingles is an unpredictable, very painful disease. It is... Read more »
The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...IRIS occurs in 15%-25% of people who are starting therapy for HIV for thefirst time. IRIS can occur when people with very weak immune systems (e. g.people who have low CD4 cell counts, high CD8 cell counts, or anemia) start HIVtreatment or in... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...breaks down, people are at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs) and cancers that usually do not harm people with healthy immune systems. HIV can also infect macrophages and other immune cells. Your immune system recognizes and produces... Read more »
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Suppressed immune system

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Hello, I was just wondering what types of things suppress your immune system, which I know can delay your HIV test from coming up positive? Read more »

Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...anxious/nervous/worried that I can't concentrate and have a 24 hr. a day 7 days a week headache.... Do things like that impair your immune system just enough that it makes it easier to get sick?? I know a lot of people on here think they have... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...husband and this jerk one time only since that test. (Big mistake). Is my shingles an indication that I have HIV? Why would my immune system fail me otherwise? Would I go from HIV positive to immune deficient this quickly? I had my test... Read more »


Posted by scaredtodeath, 2 Replies
...research I have done, I have not read that shingles is a symptom of ARS...it usually happens after having HIV for a while when the immune system becomes suppressed (and I tested negative two months ago). I know I have to wait, I don;t want to do... Read more »
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