How does the incidence of herpes zoster (shingles) vary among races and ethnicities?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Blacks are reported to have a significantly lower risk of developing zoster than whites do; however, zoster has been reported as an early manifestation of HIV infection in young Africans. Research has shown that elderly blacks are up to 75% less likely to develop herpes zoster than elderly whites. [47] Similar findings have been demonstrated in children. [54] In a meta-analysis of controlled herpes zoster clinical trials, a nonwhite racial group was found to be associated with a younger age at zoster onset. [50]

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