With advances in HIV treatment and management, HIV+ smokers now lose over six years of life expectancy from smoking, more than the HIV infection itself.
People living with HIV smoke at rates 2-3 times higher than the general population, putting themselves in danger for AIDS-related and non-AIDS related illnesses. According to the Medical Monitoring Project, 42% of PLWH in New York State self-reported being current smokers between 2009- 2014.
The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute designed this campaign to improve the health of PLWH by decreasing the morbidity and mortaility of HIV+ tobacco users.
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