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Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

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Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology

In brief: Painful 1-side rash

Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family.
Herpes simplex viruses are also members of the same family but different viruses from herpes simplex. You can have one & not the other. Having antibodies to herpes simplex doesn't prevent you from having shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox that a person had previously. There are blood tests for all 3.

In brief: Painful 1-side rash

Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family.
Herpes simplex viruses are also members of the same family but different viruses from herpes simplex. You can have one & not the other. Having antibodies to herpes simplex doesn't prevent you from having shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox that a person had previously. There are blood tests for all 3.
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Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes, serology

Herpes viruses include herpes simplex types i (labial) and ii (genital), varicella-zoster (chickenpox and shingles), epstein-barr virus (infectious mononucleosis and burkitt's lymphoma) and cytomegalovirus (gi and eye infections in the immunosuppressed).
Infections with one member of the herpes virus family does not convey immunity to other members of this group of dna viruses. Serum blood titers.

In brief: Yes, serology

Herpes viruses include herpes simplex types i (labial) and ii (genital), varicella-zoster (chickenpox and shingles), epstein-barr virus (infectious mononucleosis and burkitt's lymphoma) and cytomegalovirus (gi and eye infections in the immunosuppressed).
Infections with one member of the herpes virus family does not convey immunity to other members of this group of dna viruses. Serum blood titers.
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