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What Is The Time Duration 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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One Time Unprotected Sex for Short duration?

hello doctor, i had an experience about a week ago that i would like your advice on.I met a girl at a bar, and had unprotected sex with her for only 3 minutes. Washed up after.Next day i was paranoid so i did ask the girl about her past, she told me...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your choice to have unprotected sex does place you at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently HIV testing is warranted. The best screening test remains an HIV-antibody test at the three-month mark.Thanks for your donation to... Read more »

How long does shingles scars last?

I recently went through an outbreak of shingles... Its been 2.5 months and the scars are there as is the slight itchy sensation and burns from time to time... I am taking atripla as well... How long will this scar last? Well going to a tanning bed...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Shingles (herpes zoster) can cause both scarring and ongoing post-herpetic neuropathy. Duration of those symptoms is highly variable but in some cases can last a long time and be very symptomatic (fortunately more often the symptoms abate). Your... Read more »

How can you tell when Shingles are spreading to the internal organs?

I have numerous articles about herpes zoster which mention that in people whose immune systems are extremely weakened, the shingles virus can spread to the internal organs and affect the lungs, central nervous system and the brain, sometimes causing...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family. The initial exposure to the virus is usually as a result of cickenpox in childhood. The virus then survives in nerve cells for the rest of your life. At various times... Read more »

Shingles vaccine

Hi Dr. Would you recommend the shingles vaccine for an hiv+ male with a cd4 count around 750 and an undetectable VL (with meds)? I'm 55 and had a relatively mild bout with Shingles about 20 years ago. Thank you. ...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
The approved zoster vaccine (Zostavax) is a a live, attenuated strain of VZV. In a large clinical trial, zoster vaccine was partially efficacious at preventing zoster. It also was partially efficacious at reducing the severity and duration of pain... Read more »
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Condom breakage and duration

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey everyone. I am sorta freaking out about a recent sexual experience I had. I had intercourse with a woman that might have been infected. It only lasted for 5 seconds, then I pulled out as I was not very secure in the situation. I looked down... Read more »

duration of symptoms?

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DURATION OF ARS????

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My question is this...........I had a potentially high-risk exposure 2 weeks ago. I visited Mexico, ate some shady food and drank margeritas. The day after I had diarrhea.....no other symptoms. Then the next day, arond 7 PM, all of a sudden I... Read more »