October 19, 2010
Compared to the general population's smoking rate of 19.8 percent, smoking prevalence among people with HIV/AIDS is two to three times higher. The author of the current study cited discovery research showing that smokers with HIV/AIDS are more likely "to be nonadherent to treatment, have a greater chance of being diagnosed with an AIDS-defining condition or dying, and report lower quality of life" than nonsmokers with HIV/AIDS. She cited a recent study showing that 86 percent of smokers with HIV/AIDS would not benefit from standard smoking cessation programs.
Using the online database Web of Science, the author identified 1,532 articles with keywords related to smoking and HIV/AIDS published from 1980 through 2008. After those with no relevance were excluded, the remaining ones were classified as discovery, delivery or review.
"The present study found a lack of delivery research on smoking among this population and a scarcity of connections between discovery and delivery research," the author wrote.
American Journal of Public Health
07.2010; Vol. 100; No. 7: P. 1245-1249; Jenine K. Harris, PhD
No comments have been made.