HIV/AIDS Glossary

Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)

Synonym(s): Herpes Zoster, Human Herpesvirus 3

A type of herpesvirus that causes chicken pox. After initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV), the inactive (latent) form of the virus can remain in the body. If the latent virus becomes active again, it can cause shingles.

Related Term(s): Herpesviruses, Opportunistic Infection, Shingles

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