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Efficacy and acceptability of an intervention for tobacco smoking cessation in HIV-positive individuals at a public sexual health clinic
  1. L M Healey1,
  2. C Michaels2,
  3. R Bittoun3,4,
  4. D J Templeton1,5,6
  1. 1RPA Sexual Health, Community Health, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Drug Health Counselling Service, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3The Brain and Mind Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  5. 5The Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  6. 6The Central Clinical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Loretta M Healey, RPA Sexual Health, Sydney Local Health District, 16 Marsden Street, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia; healeyl{at}email.cs.nsw.gov.au

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Sir,

The negative health impacts of cigarette smoking have particular relevance for HIV-positive individuals who have high rates of smoking1 and elevated risks of cardiovascular disease and some malignancies.2 Counselling and nicotine replacement therapy have been shown to be effective in smoking cessation.3 These interventions were offered free to HIV-positive individuals at a publically funded sexual health clinic in Sydney in an effort to curb the comorbidities associated with smoking.

Between January 2010 and November 2011, 41 HIV-positive male smokers were enrolled in a smoking cessation programme at RPA Sexual Health. Participants were asked to return at 6 and 12 months post-treatment for …

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