SHINGLES and HIV

Question

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???

Answer

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 low". (Even HIV- people can get shingles.) The pain can certainly last for a while-- even for months, unfortunately.