Smoking Shortens Life Of People With HIV More Than HIV Itself

Posted: Nov 3 2016, 9:19am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 3 2016, 9:22am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

Smoking Shortens Life of People With HIV More Than HIV Itself
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  • For smokers with HIV, smoking may now be more harmful than HIV itself
 

It has been consistently shown that smoking while being HIV positive is even more hazardous than having the AIDS virus.

Those people who have HIV and are also regular smokers ought to know that their smoking habit is harming them even more than the AIDS virus they are infected with.

Their lifespans may undergo an abridgement thanks to their oral fixation regarding the “cancer stick”. The study regarding this appeared in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Smoking is more common in AIDS patients in the US population than the rest of the demographic sample. The difference is one of almost twice as many people being smokers who also have HIV.

Kicking the “coffin nail” habit is the biggest game-changer that AIDS sufferers can accomplish for the sake of their health.  At least, the lifespan is extended by several years if AIDS patients quit smoking.

Nowadays we already have drugs that help curb the AIDS virus. Thus other measures to fight AIDS such as a nutritious and clean diet, salubrious exercise and lots of rest and relaxation are just the tip of the iceberg. With all these interventions, AIDS may soon be manageable like diabetes.

Smoking in particular is very bad for those who are HIV positive. Heart disease, cancer, lung disorders and infections are common in those who smoke while having AIDS.

During the course of the study, computer models were used to determine the life spans of patients with AIDS who also smoked. The really surprising fact was that smoking reduced the life span of AIDS sufferers more than AIDS itself.

This was an eye-opener and quite a shock. When patients do not follow the prescribed regimen and palliative measures for AIDS, they end up dying sooner than usual.   

While everyone knows that smoking is injurious to health, just how bad it is can only be seen by this example of HIV sufferers who also smoke. The patients have the option of quitting the habit anytime.

Even those who are well into their old age may benefit immensely by quitting smoking. It is never too late to throw away that last cigarette into an ash tray and never touch another cigarette for the rest of your life.

Therefore, one of the major palliative measures that ought to be implemented by physicians who treat AIDS patients is convincing these patients that they should quit smoking as soon as possible.

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