Researchers at St. Louis University say too many with HIV smoke

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | 9:18 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Researchers at Saint Louis University say far too many people living with HIV or AIDS smoke, and now is the time to do something about it.

Associate professor of community health Jenine Harris examined other studies on smoking and HIV and AIDS. Her research was published online last month in the American Journal of Public Health.

Studies show that of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV or AIDS, 40 percent to 60 percent smoke.

Harris says decades of research have found that smoking is a risk factor for disease and death in people living with HIV and AIDS.

But she notes that researchers still don't know the best strategy to help those with HIV or AIDS quit or avoid starting smoking.


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