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Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

Yes. In children, the rash is mild and complete resolution usually occurs within 1-2 weeks. Read more...
Terminology issue? Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox in acute infection. After being exposed to VZV, the virus can become dormant and later appear as shingles, or herpes zoster. For one to have shingles (herpes zoster), they must have been infected with VZV previously. The acute infection (chicken pox) can be very mild, maybe unnoticed, especially if the person was vaccinated. Read more...
Yes. In the pre-vaccine era it was well known that about 95% of adults with no hx of chickenpox had antibodies in their blood. This is evidence of prior infection that may have been unrecognized or called something else. Once the varicella germ is in your system it can come out of hibernation as active zoster. I've seen it in toddlers. You don't "catch" zoster, from others, it emerges from inside. Read more...

My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

You're in luck... Shingles comes from within. A person who had varicella in childhood should have immunity to varicella, and should have varicella virus remaining inside some of his or her cells' DNA. Such a person should not be able to "catch" the virus from anyone else. However, the virus that is living in such person's DNA can form new copies of the virus, which travel to the skin surface to cause "shingles". Read more...
You can't get it. A person might get chickenpox from exposure to debris from weeping sores of shingles.( If they never had chickenpox) You cannot catch shingles (Zoster) from a person with shingles. Read more...

How to explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

When weak. When you are weak, the virus grows stronger. And comes out through your nerves, and that is why it hurts. Until there is a crust, you can infect others. Read more...