Cigarette Smokers are Less Likely to Have Undetectable Viral Loads: Results From Four HIV Clinics

Conclusions: HIV-infected smokers are less likely to have undetectable viral loads and frequently have psychosocial comorbidities including depression and substance abuse that impact antiretroviral therapy adherence and viral load suppression. To be effective, smoking-cessation interventions need to address the complex underlying concurrent risks in this population.
Source: Journal of Addiction Medicine - Category: Addiction Tags: Original Research Source Type: research

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