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What Does Shingles Skin Rash Look Like

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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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Herpes-Zoster-Shingles

I have had an acne type bump of the back of my neck...how would I know if it is zoster or shingles? I'm cd4-253/19000vl..its been there about three weeks...a friend who died in '94 had them on the back of his neck...my partner died in...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It sounds more like a small boil (furuncle) or folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle) than shingles or herpes. I suggest you get a doctor to look at it.... Read more »

Shingles=HIV ? (SHINGLES, 2009)

Hi,i'm 24 and was diagnosed w/ shingles after I developed a small circular rash on my shoulder. I got tested for HIV the same day but I feel like these are longest 2 weeks of my life. I haven't been sick nor have I had any abnormal female...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Does a routine case of shingles mean HIV??? No. A routine case of shingles means a routine case of shingles and nothing more. See below.Dr. Bobplease dr bob.. 3rd time askin.. am i still freakin or hiv? (SHINGLES)Feb 20, 2008 dr bob.. i have... Read more »

shingles for long time

My friend has a rash on the medial side of her leg which extends from the knee to the ancle ( looks like it fallow medial cutaneous nerve of the leg which is branch of saphenous nerve). It looks like shingles and she was told by a doctor that it was...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Shingles will eventually go away on its own, so I wonder if your friend really has something else. It usually takes no more than a few weeks to a month to clear in people with normal immune systems. I suggest that she see a dermatologist for a... Read more »

Shingles or Syphilis?

Hello everyone, a friend of mine has started breaking out with Rashes on one side of his body. It started with two bumps on his back. As they were healing, it had honey colored crust around the scabs. When they finally healed, a cluster of small...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi,Sounds like your friend has shingles. Shingles is one of the very few things that causes a rash only on one side of the body.He should get in contact with his doctor or urgent care center.BY... Read more »
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What does HIV rash look like?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am concerned about infection.

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skin rashes

Posted by theman22, 2 Replies
i know that everyone says just because you have a rash doesnt mean you have hiv but i have had so many rashes in the past couple of months that its starting to worry me. they also seem like they never go away. i have all different rashes in all... Read more »

Skin Rash

Posted by DJones, 9 Replies
I have been on Atripla since January. I am also on Fluconazole and Acyclovir. In the last month I have developed a skin rash where the sun seems to hit my skin on my back of my neck where my hair line ends and lower arms. I thought it was... Read more »

Itchy skin rash from sun and meds?

Posted by DJones, 5 Replies
I have been on Fluconazole, Acyclovir and Atripla for about 6 months. I noticed problems with a terrible itchy skin rash when I was in the sun when the summer began. I have stayed out of the sun or put sun block on until last Saturday I was at a... Read more »