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Is it possible to catch shingles from someone who has shingles?

Is it possible to catch shingles from someone who has shingles?

Not really: Chicken pox and shingles are of the same zoster virus. If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox, is immunosuppressed, never got the vaccine, or got the vaccine but did not make enough antibodies) then he can get a case of chicken pox from the virus in the skin lesions of the shingles. He cannot catch shingles but can later develop it after he has chicken pox. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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Is it possible to catch shingles from someone with chickenpox?

Is it possible to catch shingles from someone with chickenpox?

Shingles: No. Lots of misinformation about shingles and chickenpox. Shingles is just a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. You can catch chicken pox from someone with shingles if you are not immune to the chicken pox, but not vice versa. Nowadays, most infants are vaccinated at 12 months. Adults can receive a booster (shingles vaccine) later in life. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass on chicken pox from someone with shingles?

Is it possible to pass on chicken pox from someone with shingles?

Fomite transfer: Shingles may be the same virus but the ability to transfer to others is a bit different. Kids with chickenpox have the virus in their oral secretions at least a day before they break out & their viral load is heavy & transmission easy. With shingles you do not have virus in your secretions, only from any weeping lesions on your skin. Covering the area & close attention to hygiene can reduce the cha. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?

Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?

Shingles: The virus that causes shingles is present in the shingles rash at the time when there is a blistering appearance. The virus is contained in the fluid within those blisters, thus if someone came into contact with the fluid then there would be a potential for transmission. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass herpes to someone who already has it?

Is it possible to pass herpes to someone who already has it?

Herpes simplex virus: If the person already has herpes simplex i you wouldn't pass that on to them (oral). If the person already has herpes simplex ii, you would not pass that on to them either (genital). ...Read more

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Is it possible to get chlamydia from a person who has had gonorrhea?

Is it possible to get chlamydia from a person who has had gonorrhea?

Depends: It the person with gonorrhea also has chlamydia - then yes, you could become infected. If the person only has gonorrhea then they can not infect you with chlamydia. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone with opthamalic shingles transfer chicken pox to a vaccinated child?

Unlikely to happen: There are a few vaccinated kids who remain less than fully protected, especially if they have not completed the two shot series. However, shingles is not as contagious as the wild chickenpox, it has no airborne phase. To be exposed the child would have to have direct contact with the material from the caretakers wounds. Simple hygienic care/handwashing/etc will avoid passing it on. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a person catch chickenpox from a child who has just been vaccinated?

No: However you can catch t from a vaccinated person if they break out with a mild case of chickenpox 10-14 days after they receive the vaccine. ...Read more

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Is a person susceptible to singles/chicken pox if they've had shingles and someone in the house has chicken pox?

Is a person susceptible to singles/chicken pox if they've had shingles and someone in the house has chicken pox?

Shingles: Once you have had shingles, it means that you already had or were infected with chicken pox years before. Would be very rare to get chicken pox again. Shingles vaccine is always a good idea to reduce chance of repeat shingles in future or to at least reduce severity if it happened again. ...Read more

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How likely is it to get herpes from drinking after someone who is not having an outbreak?

How likely is it to get herpes from drinking after someone who is not having an outbreak?

Herpes simplex: Virtually impossible, but since i never say never would say you have a better chance of being eaten by a shark in the rio grande. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract HIV or aids from drinking after someone who most likely has it?

Is it possible to contract HIV or aids from drinking after someone who most likely has it?

HIV is hard to get: Nope. There is zero risk. And that answer is 100% sincere and accurate. Hiv is not transmitted casually. It does not survive on 'objects' if it is present. It is not caught from saliva or from kissing. In the whole world there is no reported case of HIV transmission through casual contact. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more