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Why Do People Get Shingles

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AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...(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 occur in people with a weakened immune system. This includes people with HIV disease, and anyone over 50...
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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
...being an initial sign of HIV / AIDS? I have had no other health issues other than this latest outbreak of shingles. How many individuals actually find out they are HIV positive by a shingles outbreak as the only symptom? Thank You, This site has... Read more »

SHINGLES and HIV

I just found out I am HIV+. I was tested negative a year ago almost exactly. Two months ago I got shingles and am still having pain from them. Is this normal.I am getting blood work done, but does this mean i havea really low Tcell count???
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...In HIV+ people shingles most often occurs when T cell counts are lower than normal, but this does not necessarily mean that they are "really Read more »

Shingles and New Medication

Hey, I'm a male, 25 years old, lead a healthy lifestyle, etc. I was diagnosed today with Shingles and given medication to fix that. My doctor told me that there is a possibility that this is an opportunistic infection as a result of a low CD4...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...in stone and variable effects may be seen. Shingles is not necessarily a tip-off about HIV infection, but some knowledgeable people will be aware of the connection. Atripla, the new once a day tablet, is now available and is a good treatment... Read more »

Hiv and Shingles (SHINGLES)

Hi Dr Bob,This site has to be the most humerous HIV site in the world - very refreshing. Anyway, here's my story. 6 months ago I made the biggest, drunken mistake of my life and had protected (condom), vaginal sex with a sex worker in a sauna. ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...being an initial sign of HIV / AIDS? I have had no other health issues other than this latest outbreak of shingles. How many individuals actually find out they are HIV positive by a shingles outbreak as the only symptom? Thank You, This site has... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Sharply Cuts Risk of Shingles in Seniors, Study Finds

...introduced in 2006; it currently reaches only about 11 percent of the US elderly population. CDC recommends the vaccine for all people over age 60 unless they are immune-suppressed, are HIV-positive, have leukemia or lymphoma or are allergic to... Read more »
Project Inform

IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...Who Is at Risk? What Are the Symptoms? How Do You Treat IRIS? What Can Help to Ask My Doctor? Special Concerns for People Living With HIV Special Concerns for Women, Children and People Over 50 What Does the Research Show? ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...cause infections in the genital area, and HSV2 can infect the mouth area. HSV is a very common disease. Approximately 45 million people in the US have HSV infection -- about one in five people over the age of 12. The US Center for Disease Control... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration Syndrome

...What Problems Can Occur? How Is the Syndrome Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Immune Restoration Syndrome? Some people who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) get health problems even though their HIV comes under control. An... Read more »
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Shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Someone told me that shingles is one of the first indications of being HIV positive. I had shingles in 2002, and has felt fine since then. Although I do occassionally Read more »

testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...bad sinus infection. when i went to the dr., i had this rash on my underarm/side and my back....my dr. told me that it was shingles. i just wanted to know if any of you knew whether i got the shingles from being so sick the past month or if it... Read more »

Oral sex with a young guy who has shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...dating scene. I've been sexually active with a 28 year old male in the last several weeks, and he was diagnosed with a case of shingles last week. I thought it odd that an otherwise healthy 28 year old would develop a case of shingles, and... Read more »

Shingles = HIV?

Posted by grcboy30, 4 Replies
...shouldn't be getting shingles at this age. Is this a sign I could have HIV? I have always used condoms and been with under 10 people. One was a little suspect, she was a drug user but tested negative. I had sex with her twice and used a... Read more »