Cigarette smoking behaviors and beliefs in persons living with HIV/AIDS

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Abstract

Objective: To measure biopsychosocial domains related to tobacco use in persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs). Methods: Cross-sectional interview study of 60 PLWHA smokers randomly selected from an HIV clinic. Results: Participants averaged 14.4 cigarettes daily. Sixty-five percent were moderately or highly nicotine dependent, and most were motivated to quit. Substance use and depression were very common. Most reported that smoking helped them cope with depression, anxiety, and anger. Twentyseven percent thought (mistakenly) that smoking raised their Tcell counts and/or helped fight infections. Referrals to quitlines or cessation programs were uncommon. Conclusions: Smoking among PLWHAs is a challenging problem requiring targeted intervention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-85
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Cigarette
  • HIV
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology

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Cigarette smoking behaviors and beliefs in persons living with HIV/AIDS. / Shuter, Jonathan; Bernstein, Steven L.; Moadel-Robblee, Alyson B.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2012, p. 75-85.

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