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hiv/aids and copd
Nov 22, 2013

is there a treatment for hiv/aids and coipd

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can affect people living with HIV, especially those who smoke tobacco. Indeed, there is concern that positives who smoke may be at significantly greater risk of developing emphysema.

The best treatment for COPD is to quit smoking, and like all people living with HIV, to make especially sure to get vaccination for pneumococcal pneumonia and annually, influenza (flu). The treatments for COPD are the same for positives as the general population.

Like many other health issues, in persons who successfully navigate the HIV treatment cascade and have access to care and medications, the major health issues are increasingly not HIV-related, but the challenges of healthy aging with HIV.

Be well, BY


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