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Follow up to smoking
Apr 1, 2011

Hello,

You recently answered my question regarding smoking and HIV treatment. Thank you. I do have one additional question. If one smokes more than two months after the final chemo treatment, is there still a danger of lung toxicity?

Response from Dr. Henry

Smoking is harmful to health overall including in HIV+ persons. The benefits of stopping smoking can take many years (ie up to 5) to be seen whereby health of someone who stopped smoking will start to approximate that of nonsmokers. Many cancers are aggravated by smoking as well. Smoking cigarettes usually has minimal short effects on HIV infection or treatment but HIV+ smokers have more long term health problems (often related to heart disease, cancer, and lung disease). KH



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