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What Virus Or Bacteria Causes 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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HIV AND CONSTANT BOUTS WITH SHINGLES IS THAT NORMAL WHEN VIRUS IS UNDECTIBLE ?

WHEN VIRUS IS UNDECTIBLE WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY REOCCURANCES WITH SHINGLES ?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Unfortunately, there isn't a certain answer to your question. I've seen that in others as well. It may be that although your immune system has improved with good control of your virus, it still isn't normal, and can't recognize... Read more »

HIV and other viruses or bacteria in the body

Can your body produce HIV virus on its own, lets say I have a herpes or other virus but not HIV and my sperm touches my open wound, is there a possibility it can produce or turn into a HIV virus? Thank you DOC, I appreciate your help....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
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PLEASE ANSWER(shingles)

Hi Judith,When a person (who is HIV-) is exposed to a Shingles virus in a person who is HIV+ person by touching one of Shingle sores does he get HIV transferred to himself or he would get chickenpox (if he didnt have it before ) ...Thx...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
No, you do not get HIV by touching the rash caused by Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV, the shingles virus). VZV is a herpes virus that causes two clinical diseases, chickenpox and shingles. One question I have is, why are you touching someone's... Read more »

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 »
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other viruses that cause ARS symptoms?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Are there very many other viruses that cause ARS symptoms? I once read about a certain strain of herpes that doesn't cause any sores, or harm the immune system, but it does cause a brief illness after infection similar to ARS. Are there many other... Read more »

Can I get Shingles from another Poz guy if I had ?

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Can I get shingles from another poz person even if I already had them myself in the past??? Read more »

shingles?

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i had a sexual encounter yesterday with a guy who appeared to have shingles. when i asked him he said it was eczema, which i did not argue, but while changing him in sexual positions i did noticed that the shingles were in his ankles, and other body... Read more »

shingles

Posted by tboy, 3 Replies
last week I was diagnosed with shingles. I didn't get nearly the attention of the doctors or information I needed. Oh sure I recieved a prescription but not much information. I'm taking acyclovir (sp?) It is painful to sleep and my leg looks... Read more »