The CDC Pushes For HIV-Positive Community To STOP SMOKING

Why? Well, HIV-related inflammation already puts people at an increased risk for many of the same health problems as smoking, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

So, when a person has HIV and also puffs cigarettes, these negative effects are magnified wayy beyond the risks of an HIV-negative person who smokes.

Take it from Brian ^, an HIV-positive gay man who suffered a stroke because of complications from smoking.

Aundaray Guess: The Grey Invisibles of HIV

When HIV statistics are branded about, a large focus is placed on the young gay community, and justifiably so. But gay seniors are facing the same crisis:

  • According to the CDC, there has been a steady increase in HIV infections in Americans 65 years and older.
  • Annually, about 10-11% of newly diagnosed U.S. HIV cases occur among older adults.
  • That comes out to about 5,000-6,000 new cases of HIV in this age group every single year.

(images: HIV/AIDS Prevention Campaigns for Seniors and Older Adults on the Streets of NYC, Global Action on Aging)

We Did the Math: What’s Your Long-term Risk of Transmitting HIV?

The authors of a pair of new studies have created mathematical models to show how a small per-act risk of HIV transmission can translate to more substantial long-term risk after many sexual acts.

NOTE: While these studies’ findings can’t be applied to individual circumstances and aren’t necessarily an exact roadmap to navigating risk, they do teach important lessons about how to think about risk.