The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

smoking and HIV

Sep 28, 2006

I recently read in a response to a posted letter that you said it was important for people with HIV to quit smoking. Isn't this advisable of people in general and not just relegated to people with HIV, or is there something unique for HIV positive people that makes it doubly important that they should quit. I need to quit smoking and it's been such a challenge. Perhaps your advice would take the dissidence out of my cognitive mind. signed: Cognitive Dissident

Response from Dr. Frascino


Is it advisable for everyone to quit smoking? Absofrickinlutely. Smoking will indeed kill you. Smoking-induced emphysema, lung cancer, heart attack, stroke . . . take your pick, they are all uncomfortable and undignified ways to depart this planet. And they are all avoidable if you avoid the butts.

What about adding HIV into the equation? Well, that just raises the stakes even higher. Smoking predisposes you to respiratory tract infections sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. These, in turn, can send your HIV viral load up and worsen your HIV disease process.

Cognitive Dissident, I strongly suggest you stop smoking and find something more enjoyable to do with your hands and mouth. I've got some ideas just in case you can't come up with any.

Stay well.

Dr. Bob

Dr.Bob for President!
Thank you dear BOB

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint