Smokers who take HIV treatment and have an undetectable viral load are far more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than they are to die from an HIV-related illness. Smoking causes a large numbers of cancers and heart attacks in people living with HIV. It appears that people with HIV are more vulnerable than other people to the harmful effects of smoking.

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  • Things you can do to look after your health

    Why? Effective HIV treatment has benefits for your overall health, including protecting against cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease. Among people living with HIV, rates...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Cancer and HIV

    Rates of some, but not all, cancers are higher in people living with HIV than other people.For many cancers, treatment works just as well for...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Eight ways to look after your health

    There’s a lot you can do to take care of your health. It’s not just about popping pills.Just as for anybody else, changes to your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Smoking

    Smoking is one of the most important causes of illness and death in HIV-positive people.Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, high blood...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Lung cancer

    The main cause of lung cancer is smoking.It is more common in people living with HIV than in the general population.Lung cancer is diagnosed with a chest x-ray;...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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