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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

Published
08 November 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Smoking may shorten the lifespan of people living with HIV more than HIV itself

Smoking may shorten the lifespan of people living with HIV more than HIV itselfEurekAlert (press release)A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that cigarette smoking substantially reduces the lifespan of people living with HIV in the U.S., potentially even more than HIV itself.

Published
03 November 2016
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EurekAlert (press release)
Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

Published
08 July 2016
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Positively Aware
World No Tobacco Day 2016: Living with HIV, dying with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Why does it make sense to integrate tobacco cessation into antiretroviral clinics?

Published
31 May 2016
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Inis Communication
Tobacco firms pushed AIDS agenda to protect profits

Tobacco firms used the fight against HIV/AIDS as a smokescreen to hinder tobacco control efforts in developing countries, researchers have revealed. Big tobacco companies lobbied for funding and initiatives to combat AIDS to distract from the health problems caused by smoking and prevent regulations restricting tobacco use, a paper says.

Published
09 May 2016
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Life expectancy in HIV-positive people in the US still lags 13 years behind HIV-negative people

A study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) comparing life expectancies of HIV-positive and HIV-negative people within the Kaiser Permanente health insurance

Published
28 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Heavy smokers who quit more than 15 years ago still at high risk for lung cancer and should be screened

Expanding lung cancer screening to include people who quit smoking more than 15 years ago could detect more cases and further reduce associated mortality, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

Published
27 January 2016
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Eurekalert Medicine & Health
High rates of modifiable cancer risk factors present in Western HIV-positive patients

The prevalence of potentially modifiable risk factors for some cancers is “extraordinarily high” among people with HIV, according to results of a meta-analysis published in

Published
18 January 2016
By
Michael Carter
Low CD4 count, smoking and unhealthy alcohol use are risk factors for acute exacerbation of COPD in people with HIV

HIV infection increases the risk of acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD), investigators from the US Department of Veterans Affairs report in the online edition of

Published
11 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
Risk of heart attack rises with length of HIV infection, regardless of age

Ten years after becoming infected with HIV, a person living with HIV has approximately twice the risk of heart attack compared to someone who has just acquired

Published
27 October 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
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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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