You've worked hard to manage your HIV, but that work can be undone if you continue to use tobacco.
People with HIV who smoke develop lung diseases, respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer, just like HIV-negative smokers. But that's not all, smoking:
If you quit smoking, you’ll decrease your risk of heart disease, pneumonia, and HIV-related symptoms (e.g., fatigue, headache, insomnia).
If you are a Veteran living with HIV and want to quit tobacco, talk with the VA health care provider treating you. They can:
Learn more about HIV and quitting smoking:
Call 1-855-QUIT-VET, VA's smoking quitline. Counselors at the quitline can provide you with counseling to help you change your habits, and help you develop skills to cope with the stress of quitting.
Learn about HIV testing and treatment in VA.
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