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Hi, I had shingles on the side of my face a few years ago and have never had sex. I was told that it is a STI but i was wondering how that can be possible. Is shingles an STI?


No it's not true. Shingles is an outbreak of the same virus that causes Chickenpox, which you must have had at some time in your life. It can present years later as a Shingles rash with blisters, etc.

I assume you were actually diagnosed as having Shingles. What may be causing you (or someone you have been talking to) confusion is that the virus that causes Chickenpox and Shingles is called Herpes Zoster which sounds like the virus Herpes Simplex, but isn't. Herpes Simplex can be transmitted sexually and so be an STI.