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U.S. News

Great American Smokeout: An Opportunity for Smokers Living With HIV to Improve Their Health

November 16, 2012

Ronald Valdiserri, deputy assistant secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases and director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, writes about the 37th Great American Smokeout organized by the American Cancer Society. The purpose of the smokeout is to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit or to quit on that day. He states that smokers, including those with HIV, will be making an important step toward a healthier life and reducing many health risks.

Valdiserri discusses why smoking is even more harmful for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) than the general population. He uses the HRSA Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care, and research to provide evidence that PLWHA should not smoke and should take advantage of the Great American Smokeout to quit. He lists the smoking-related problems in PLWHA, including the normal tobacco-related conditions such as lung cancer and other cancers, as well problems that are specific to PLWHA, such as decreased immunologic and virologic response to antiretroviral therapy, nonadherence to treatment, and a greater chance of being diagnosed with an AIDS-defining condition -- or dying of the disease.

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