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If i have shingles does mean the first stage of hiv i wanted to know if getting shingles mean that i have hiv am only 28 i have not been sick in 10 years i am very very scared now asked less than a minute ago - west hollywood, ca hiv i wanted to know if

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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funarianswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Shingle : Shingle (aka herpes zoster) and HIV are caused by two different viruses. They are not usually transmitted in the same way. Shingles is nothing more than the virus that causes chicken pox starting up again after lying dormant in your body in a major nerve. That is why a shingles outbreak occurs in a limited area of your body. The shingles virus stays dormant in the body until stimulated by drugs, a surgical procedure, sun exposure, or stress. There is a small chance that you can pass shingles to another person, particularly somebody who has not had chicken pox or the shingles vaccine. The HIV virus is typically passed through some type of sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to an infected individuals blood.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Orthodontics 44 years experience
Not : Not to worry, shingles is not related to hiv. Use this as a wake up call and avoid unprotected sex.

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