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If I had genital herpes, how did I get shingles?
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not related
Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus i or ii.
Shingles is caused by the "chicken pox" virus, which is also a herpes virus (herpes zoster). The only people who get shingles, are those who have had the chicken pox.

In brief: Not related
Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus i or ii.
Shingles is caused by the "chicken pox" virus, which is also a herpes virus (herpes zoster). The only people who get shingles, are those who have had the chicken pox.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Different virus
Genital herpes is caused by a different virus that causes shingles.
These 2 viruses are not the same and have have different clinical manifestations. Shingles is a future outbreak after getting chicken pox as a child. The chickepox virus then resurfaces and becomes active again but now in the form of shingles (not chickenpox).

In brief: Different virus
Genital herpes is caused by a different virus that causes shingles.
These 2 viruses are not the same and have have different clinical manifestations. Shingles is a future outbreak after getting chicken pox as a child. The chickepox virus then resurfaces and becomes active again but now in the form of shingles (not chickenpox).
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Dr. Robert Bass
Urology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Chicken pox
Genital herpes and shingles are caused by two different virus.
Shingles is caused by the chicken pox virus that has been re-activated in a nerve root.

In brief: Chicken pox
Genital herpes and shingles are caused by two different virus.
Shingles is caused by the chicken pox virus that has been re-activated in a nerve root.
Dr. Robert Bass
Dr. Robert Bass
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