Viral Infections

  • Author: Jin S. Suh, MD, FACP (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 7/26/16 (What's New)


  • Susceptible HIV-infected patients should avoid exposure to persons with chickenpox or herpes zoster infection, and household contacts who are VZV susceptible should be vaccinated in order to prevent transmission
  • In the case of exposure to active varicella or herpes zoster, varicella zoster immune globulin should be administered as soon as possible and within 10 days
  • The varicella virus vaccine is recommended for HIV-infected individuals 8 years of age and older who have a CD4+ cell count ≥ 200 cells/mm3 (Management Guidelines)[CDC OI]

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