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Women's Health Education Program Scholars' Projects

Smoking Cessation in an Urban HIV Clinic

WHEP Scholar

WHEP Scholar Kristen Ampig
Drexel University College of Medicine, Class of 2023

The morbidity and mortality caused by AIDS for people living with HIV (PLWH) has significantly decreased due to advances in antiviral therapy, but lung cancer continues to burden this population. More than 40% of PLWH used tobacco in 2016, which was greater than the national rate of about 14%, prompting effective interventions to reduce these modifiable risk factors. We conducted a retrospective study of smoking cessation in PLWH at the Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice, Division of HIV/AIDS at DUCOM. We aimed to evaluate whether the frequency of contact with the clinic nurse would be associated with successful smoking cessation at 12 weeks and 24 weeks after starting the program.

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