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What Can You Do To Make A Person More Comfortable Who Has 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 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 »

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 »

Comfort for the Worry Wells

Hi Bob,I wanted to email you, not with a question but with some info that may be of help to all those people who are worrying themselves sick over possible ARS / HIV symptoms and how powerful the human mind can be.Holidaying in Bangkok a few months...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Cole,Thanks for your thanks and kind comments and for taking the time to write in and share your story. Hopefully it will help other worried wells escape their own self-induced worried-well hells!Be well.Dr. Bob... Read more »

You are of great comfort!

Hi Dr BobI just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for the work you are doing. Your informative and comforting answers have been a great source of strength to me over the past 3 months.I am due to pick up my blood test results on Thursday. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Andrew,I agree your symptoms are more like "imagined" than real. You Aussie boys have such great imaginations!The "flu like" symptoms of acute retroviral syndrome vary greatly form person to person. Some folks describe the... Read more »
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Getting Comfortable Again

Posted by engmoto, 2 Replies
After almost two years, I'm finally starting to open about my status and to let people really get to know me. However, I'm still not comfortable with sex. Can anyone suggest books or anything that may help? Therapy really isn't an option for me... 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 -- PLEASE RESPOND

Posted by scaredtodeath, 2 Replies
I hope someone will respond and let me know if I really have something to be worried about. I recently have had sex with two people in the past six weeks. With both guys I performed oral sex on them (without ejaculation) and had protected... 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 »