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What Foods To Avoid If You Have 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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Foods to Avoid

I'm currently on a regimen with Sustiva. Are there any voids I should be avoiding? ...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Sustiva has no food restrictions (can take it with or without food) although high fat meals may interfere with absorption.... Read more »

Atripla and food to avoid

Hi, I have been taking Atripla for about 5 years and my lab reports are fine. But lately I have tiny (sesame size) bumps on my arms after dinner (which I take after shower). The bumps are itchy and I have to take antihistamine to stop the itch, and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Should be OK to take standard over the counter antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine or Benadryl) with Atripla. The main food to watch with Atripla are ones with high fat content that can result in higher efavirenz levels with increased risk for... Read more »

foods to avoid?

I know that nutrition can play a big part in keeping yourself healthy if you are H-I-V positive. I just read that H-I-V positive people should stay away from ice,raw vegetables, and fruits? I use frozen fruit to make smoothies, am I just aking for...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Not really. I would only avoid raw vegetables that I have not cleaned myself if my T cells were close to 50 or below for fear of getting parasites or cryptosporidiosis. Stay away from animal fats and refined sugars (and corn syrup, fructose, sodas).... Read more »

shingles again

How contagious is shingles to a person who has HIV? Is it true someone with HIV should avoid even social contact with a person who has shingles (but not HIV)?...
Judith Currier, M.D.

Response from Judith Currier, M.D.

University of CA, LA School of Medicine
If you have previously had chicken pox ( shingles is caused by the same virus called Herpes Zoster) you cannot get it from someone else. Only people who have never had Herpes zoster are suseptible. You need to have direct contact with the fluid in... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I had shingles about a month after a sexual experience. I also had other ars symptoms along with really dark urine. I have tested 3 times for Hep and Hiv- 1 month 6.5 weeks and 9 weeks- all negaitive. My Doc seems sure I have nothing to worry... Read more »

Food for thought

Posted by Angel_Ronnie
Here is a few quotes that I found which is most helpful and motivational to me and I hope that it will be for you guys as well.

1. Nothing is as real as a dream, the world can change around you but your dream will not, responsibilities need not... 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 »

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 »