After it finally cleared, I was at a Christmas party and got talking to my friends’ octogenarian neighbor. He’d had shingles in his eye for well over a year. I can’t even imagine how painful that must’ve been. Awful virus. It’s made me paranoid. The slightest persistent itch now and I’m watching my skin like a hawk.
I mean HIV is a virus and it can remain calm for decades, slowly and silently killing you if you don’t get treatment, but once it starts hitting you it has a snowball effect and can devastate the body /years. That’s why prevention and STD tests are important every few years regardless of your apparent condition.