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Author Topic: Shingles Questions?  (Read 2492 times)

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Offline activehiv

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Shingles Questions?
« on: January 05, 2010, 01:00:59 AM »
Hey Everyone, does anyone know how one would catch shingles?  My roommate was just diagnoised with shingles and I am not sure how it is transmitted?  Am I at risk (HIV POZ here) of catching it from him?  He is just a room mate we do not sleep with each other.  I also have another room mate that is HIV negative, is he at any risk for catching shingle as well?

Thanks, active

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Shingles Questions?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 05:29:41 AM »
The simple answer if neither of you come in contact with his blister (at the stage when they are oozing) then NO you can not be infected.

Here's a link to a site to answer all your questions.

Please wish your room mate all the best.  I know how painful shingles can be ... I had an outbreak in August and while the pain is gone the blisters haven't completely disappeared.

It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Shingles Questions?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 07:49:12 AM »


Here's a good lesson from this site on Shingles (Herpes Zoster)


From that link :

"You cannot transmit shingles to someone who has had chickenpox in the past or has been vaccinated against the varicella-zoster virus. However, the rash that occurs with shingles can “shed” the varicella-zoster virus. Someone who has not had chickenpox or has not been vaccinated against this virus can develop chickenpox if they come into contact with a shingles rash."

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline activehiv

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Re: Shingles Questions?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 03:27:37 AM »
Thanks for the info Andy and J.R.E.  I really appreciate your help! aloha, active


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Re: Shingles Questions?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2010, 02:32:13 PM »
Shingles certainly can be painful; I had it within a month of being diagnosed positive.

I went to the link mentioned above on buzzle, but I do take issue with one part of a statement: "Generally people in their old age (above 50 years)" - since when is everyone above 50 considered in their old age?

In my family, men tend to live into their 90s. At 46, I consider myself middle-aged, and I will continue to do so until I am way over 60.

I also would like to add my thank-you to the posters of the links on shingles - too many people are uninformed about it.


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