ST. LOUIS, June 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says there is a need
for cessation programs to help smokers who have human
Jenine Harris of the Saint Louis University School of Public
Health in St. Louis says the rate of smoking among people with
HIV, the precursor of AIDS, is as much two or three times that of
the general population.
Harris is calling for researchers to connect the dots between the
health problems associated with HIV and smoking.
The researcher examined the research conducted on smoking and HIV
from 1980 to 2008.
The researchers examined 237 articles on smoking and HIV, but
fewer than 2 percent of the studies examined the effectiveness of
interventions aimed at preventing or reducing smoking among those
with HIV or AIDS.
"The delay between discovery of smoking-related health outcomes
in people living with HIV/AIDS and the delivery of interventions
to reduce smoking among this population has serious
consequences," Harris said in a statement.
The findings are published in American Journal of Public Health.