HU CFAR Awardee Dr. Krishna Reddy publishes on the effects of smoking on HIV and life expectancy

November 3, 2016
HU CFAR Awardee Dr. Krishna Reddy publishes on the effects of smoking on HIV and life expectancy

 

A new study published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases highlights the findings of smoking on life expectancy

Excerpted from https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/mgh-sms110116.php

A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that cigarette smoking substantially reduces the lifespan of people living with HIV in the U.S., potentially even more than HIV itself. The report is being published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

"A person with HIV who consistently takes anti-HIV medicines but smokes is much more likely to die of a smoking-related disease than of HIV," says Krishna Reddy, MD, of the MGH Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Medical Practice Evaluation Center, who led the study. "The good news is that quitting smoking can greatly increase lifespan, and it is never too late to quit."