|Smoking and HIV treatment
Mar 30, 2011
I deperately need your input. In October, I was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma and told that I was HIV+. My Oncologist had me go through a harsh regimen of chemo and my Infectious Disease doctor put me on antiretrovirals to keep the viral load down. I finished chemo in January and will have a follow up PET-scan in April. My infectious disease doctor tested me a few weeks ago. My viral load is undectable and my T-cells are over 200. I am on Norvir, Epivir, Prezista, and Isentress. Over the past few weeks my cravings for nicotine became unbearable. Over the past five days I have smoked ten cigarettes. Do you believe that if I don't stop again that the T-cells will drop or the meds will be less effective?
Response from Dr. Henry
Smoking cigarettes, though not good for long term health, rarely have much of an effect on HIV treatment or CD4 counts or a significant effect on outcome for chemotherapy. KH
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