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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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