Anonymous
Are shingles do to HIV? Can healthy individuals get shingles? I am 36. I was involved in mutual masturbation with another man. No other sexual activity took place. I committed that grave error of using the same towel he used to clean my penis and penis head. Could I get HIV this way? I was diagnosed with shingles. Could my exposure and HIV be the reason? I have been very stressed for the past 2 months.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.
First of all, the activity you describe is absolutely no risk for HIV transmission. HIV is a very weak virus and dies once exposed to air.
Shingles is not a symptom of HIV infection. Shingles usually occur in a person your age when you are under a lot of stress and anxiety. If you have had chicken pox, you already have the Shingles Virus in your body. Although I don't feel you need an HIV test for the activity you describe, we do suggest all sexually active individuals be tested for all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's) including HIV, on a regular basis. This may be annually, bi-annually or every 3-4 months.
I trust I have addressed your concerns however, should further information be required, feel free to contact us again.

In good health,
Jonathan,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
I trust I have
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