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Scared with shingles again, HIV

Hi, please help me. I had a possible exposure to HIV in 2011. It was a one time regular sex, no condom with a man (I am a woman).  I have no reason to believe that he is positive. Three months after that I developed shingles (I am in my late 30's). After reading about shingles, I had a HIV rapid test done by TKNO. This was 3 months plus several days after the exposure. I tested negative and was assured that I was fine. Fast forward one year and I have shingles again. My dermatologist told me (but he did not take a swab). The spot is less than the size of a dime and I have no pain. My last occurrence was the same as this one but in a different spot. I followed up with my primary who said it doesn't look like shingles to him but he went ahead and did regular bloodwork (thyroid, white/red blood, cholesterol) and completed a physical while I was there.

I don't have that bloodwork back yet. My question is, if it really was shingles then should I be worried that I have HiV or was the HIV test I already had done  proof enough that I'm fine?  I have not been promiscuous EVER since then and am 100 % positive that is the only time that I could have been infected. I'm worried because of all the HIV/Shingles info that pops up. I am healthy otherwise except from Sept thru Mid November I was under extreme stress (family/work) and barely slept. Sometimes not for days at a time, could this have caused the shingles?  Thank you ahead of time.
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You don't have an HIV concern. Shingles are not HIV specific.
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Thank you for your quick reply. It actually makes me feel better as I have followed many of your posts over the last week.
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