Among PLWH Who Smoke, Lung Cancer Greater Risk

Among PLWH Who Smoke, Lung Cancer Greater Risk

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
HIV.GOV

Smoking has become a key health risk among people living with HIV (PLWH) as over 40% of PLWH in the United States smoke cigarettes and the risk of death from lung cancer exceeds that of AIDS-related cause, according to a new modeling analysis. Those findings are from a recent HHS/NIH study summarized in the HIV.gov blog, Study: PLWH Who Smoke Up to 13 Times More Likely to Die from Lung Cancer than AIDS.

The HIV.gov blog also summarizes various HHS resources on smoking cessation, including HRSA's Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care and its chapter on Smoking Cessation along with training materials for clinicians, prepared by the HRSA-funded AIDS Education and Training Centers AETC program. HRSA's performance measures for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program agencies include a measure on screening for tobacco use