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Will Shingles Keep Coming Back After Getting It Once

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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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back to back shingles!!!!! ouch

dear doctorcould you shed some light on this question,have you ever heard of getting shingles back to back?as in my case i first got them late dec 99, cleared up late jan 00,just a few days later shingles pop up again on the same exact rash spots as...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It is unusual but not impossible. It may have come back because the first course of antiviral therapy was too short-- I use at least 10 days of treatment, not 7. Also, sometimes people are prescribed the Herpes dose of valaciclovir (Valtrex)--... Read more »

Just came out of the closet...want to go back in FOLLOWUP (RELIGION, COMING OUT, CHURCH LADY RANTS)

You made me feel so much better! And, Yes my parents voted for Palin ugh!! I DIDN'T! Obama all the way! Just for you, today I'm going to wear my "legalize gay" shirt I bought at American Apparel but hadn't had the nerve to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You look like Clooney??? WOW. Hey, maybe that was me tapping you on the shoulder!Just to show you are not alone, I'll post below a few select questions from the archives that deal with coming out, religious wingnuts and sexual orientation.... Read more »


DrLabs as followsIntial test VL >100,000, CD4 136 17%Week 1 started Sustiva/Truvada VL >100,000, CD4 226 18%Week 4 VL 1600, CD4 330 25%Week 12 VL 300 CD4 300 19%Week 18 VL 200 CD4 226 18%Week 24 VL <50 CD4 336 17%Week 30 VL 150 CD4 370...
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
I believe that your viral load result is just a blip (the result of assay variability) and nothing to worry about. I would wait and see what the next tests show to see whether this is an upward trend or not. If the viral load is persistently present... 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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Physical symptoms keep coming back?

Posted by haley, 3 Replies
So I've been infected for about a month now. I started getting symptoms after week one and after week 2 I found out I was positive. After about 7-8 days of symptoms, I started feeling a lot better physically. I even had my appetite back and... Read more »


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 »

Shingles = HIV?

Posted by grcboy30, 5 Replies
Hi there.
I had chicken pox at 5 years old so can develop shingles. I haven't been to the doctor yet but have what I am pretty sure is shingles on the side of my chest (a pink rash which is itchy with bumps). I am terrified of HIV. I am only 30... Read more »

How long does the ARS last ? Does all symptoms comes at once or it comes one after another ?

Posted by Iampanicked, 1 Reply
Even though there was stomach discomfort for 20 days post 4 weeks post exposure. My other ARS like symptoms have been going on for the last 4 weeks though its severities have reduced a lot. I would like to know whether all the symptoms comes at... Read more »