Articles tagged with: smoking and HIV

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study that explores the relationship between HIV infection and respiratory health in the modern ART era.

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

HIV-positive people have impaired respiratory health, even when they have viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART), investigators from London report in HIV Medicine. Respiratory health was compared between HIV-positive and HIV-negative outpatients. Individuals with HIV had poorer respiratory health and were more likely to report breathlessness than HIV-negative participants, findings which remained unchanged when analysis focused on ART-treated HIV-positive people with an undetec

Risk of pregnancy loss among smokers much higher for women with HIV

published: February, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Women, Research, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Michael Carter on the results of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), examining the impact of smoking on pregnancy loss in HIV-positive and HIV-negative women over a 20-year period.

Risk of pregnancy loss among smokers much higher for women with HIV

Smoking “dramatically” increases the risk of pregnancy loss – miscarriage or stillbirth – in HIV-positive women, US investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Researchers from the large Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) examined the impact of smoking on pregnancy loss in HIV-positive and HIV-negative women over a 20-year period. The effect of smoking on pregnancy loss differed dramatically by HIV status, increasing the absolute risk by 19% in HIV-positive women compare

Smoking more harmful than HIV for people taking effective treatment, US study suggests

published: November, 17, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs

Dr Rochelle Walensky: "It is time to recognise that smoking is now the primary killer of people with HIV who are receiving treatment." For AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

  Smoking more harmful than HIV for people taking effective treatment, US study suggests

Smoking has the potential to shorten the life of a person taking HIV treatment by an average of six years, and is far more harmful to the life expectancy of people living with HIV than well-managed HIV infection itself, a US study reports this month in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study found that stopping smoking improved life expectancy, with the greatest gain in life expectancy seen when smoking was stopped by the age of 40. Dr Rochelle Walensky of the Massachusetts General Ho

To prevent heart attacks, researchers encourage quitting tobacco

published: February, 04, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

CATIE reports two observational studies that attempt to cast light on the risk of heart attacks among HIV-positive people today.

To prevent heart attacks, researchers encourage quitting tobacco

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here.   Une version française est disponible ici.   In Canada and other high-income countries, the widespread availability of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) has greatly reduced the risk of death from AIDS-related infections. ART is so powerful that doctors increasingly expect that some HIV-positive young adults who are recently infected and who begin treatment shortly after diagnosis and are able to tak

Butt out? Smokers with HIV live seven years less

published: January, 23, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy

Butt out? Smokers with HIV live seven years less

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.    Republished with permission.  Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-AIDS-related cancers, and the life expectancy of a 35-year-old man with HIV was reduced by almost eight years due to smoking. “Smoking was associated with a two-fold increase in mortality,

E-cigarettes

published: November, 04, 2014 Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Are they for harm reduction, a tool to help people quit or both? And what about the authorities’ attempts to regulate them? Megan DePutter weighs in on the vaping craze and the issues it raises.

E-cigarettes

Upon moving to Glasgow’s west end, I noticed a number of things about my neighbourhood: a striking abundance of lovely restaurants, cafes filled with appetizing sweets in the windows, cozy pubs, and more electronic cigarette shops than I could count.  I don’t want to comment on whether e-cigarettes are safe, because I can’t pretend to truly know enough about them. However, when I look at some of the arguments against e-cigarettes, I do notice some trends that frequently pop up in harm-

Rainbow-Coloured Smoke

published: August, 19, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Health, Smoking Cessation , Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has been looking at smoking in the HIV community, but rates are high in the LGBT community too, which in turn drives HIV smoking prevalence. Today he asks what drives the LGBT smoking epidemic – and who is pulling the strings?

Rainbow-Coloured  Smoke

You may have noticed we’ve talked a lot here about smoking and HIV here lately. Perhaps a word of explanation is needed about the context for all this. Because while I’m personally an ex-smoker – and we all know how annoying non-smokers can be – I’m not a rabid anti-smoker. Really! Some of my best friends are smokers . . .  No really, my live and let live attitude applies to all manner of foibles, least of all smoking. Hell, I even turn a blind eye to religion. But, to be serious,

Brian used to smoke. He doesn’t now.

published: August, 11, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on new initiatives in the US to convince people living with HIV that smoking and HIV just don’t mix and why if you want to stay healthy, you should quit.

Brian used to smoke. He doesn’t now.

Some say that personal testimony is the best persuader of all. Certainly the HIV community has used the technique for years, sending people living with HIV out in the community to talk to others about the experience of living with HIV. Sometimes it’s intended as a deterrent to others to go down that path, although I’ve always preferred an approach which stresses our normality and encourages others to talk openly about HIV. (I never liked to be thought of as "Exhibit A" though.)  We’ve

Living longer – and why

published: March, 19, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

CATIE on exploring factors linked to longer survival among ART users

Living longer – and why

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  In the UK, Professor Caroline Sabin, PhD, from University College London has been analysing different studies of HIV-positive people and how such studies estimate life expectancy. She has confirmed in a recent analysis that many studies conducted in high-income countries have found a dramatic reduction in AIDS-related deaths among ART users since 1996. Factors unrelated to HIV In drilling

I'm free!

published: September, 08, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

An HIV-positive pastor from Philadelphia proudly announces she has quit cigarettes after smoking for 43 years!

I'm free!

This article By Rev. Andrena Ingram first appeared on TheBody.com here  I have finally announced to my congregation and to my Facebook peeps that I have quit smoking, that I am on the patch and that I would appreciate their prayers! I can't begin to tell you how LIBERATING and FREEING that was! I began smoking at age 15...and have smoked for 43 years. I did have one successful year in seminary when I stopped smoking, but picked up again, after a relationship went sour. Contrary to what folk

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