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Why Do I Get Shingles Even After I Have Had The Vaccination

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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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I had shingles once. Can I safely get a Shingles Vaccine?

You said it's ok to get a shingles vaccine.... but is it safe and effective if I've already had the shingles once? Can the vaccine give you shingles since it's a live virus? My stats: CDs: 500, undetectable. ...
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
Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of shingles. There is no specific time that you must wait after having shingles before receiving the shingles vaccine. No, it will not give... Read more »

Shingles Vaccine For HIV+

When will the new approved Shingles Vaccine be available For HIV+??? I had shingles once 2 years and my Dr. told me to take valtrex to stop it from coming back, like many patients, i am not perfect, and i am not taking the valtrex because I have...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question.Current CDC Guidelines state that the Shingles (or Zoster) vaccine should not be given to Persons with AIDS or other clinical manifestations of HIV, including persons with CD4+ countsless than 200. The vaccine is licensed... Read more »

Do you recommend the Shingles Vaccine?

I am a 60 white male who has been positive since 1998. I am currently taking Atripla with decent results. My viral load is undetectable but I have never had a high t-cell count. My last labs showed 288 at 15%. My Dr. is OK with me getting the...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question.Zoster can occur in anyone who has previously had checken pox (Varicella). Of course people with HIV may be at higher risk for occurance (and it may happen more than once). First thing would be to be sure you have had... Read more »

More shingles vaccine questions

I read your recent answer on this topic and have the following questions, first, if you were vaccinated against chickenpox (I was vaccinated in 1999) should you still get the shingles vaccine? Second, for how long should I stop using my Valtrex...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
The shingle vaccine, Zostavax, is approved for use in people 60 years old and older to prevent shingles. This is a one-time vaccination. Zostavax does not treat shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia. It has not been fully studied in persons with HIV.... Read more »
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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

Posted by LLsexyLL, 2 Replies
Does anyone know how to prevent getting shingles the second time. I had them Dec 2010 . Now my face has healed but I was told I can get them again.
Is there anyway of preventing getting shingles again? 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 »

shingles?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
can you get shingles in roof of mouth? I had a big like blisteron the roof of my mouth but it was like a water blister like when you get burned and then I popped and it hurts like crazy! Then I broke out with genital herpes I got this years ago and... Read more »