Effects Of Cigarettes And Alcohol On People With HiV?
I am 25 years old. I have been HIV positive since May 7, 2019, my CD4 is 270 and have been given ARV drugs. But I still want to smoke and drink can it affect my health? Please explain … thanks
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HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a disease caused by a virus and attacks the immune system. This virus can be transmitted through contact with body fluids, including blood, sperm, anal fluid, vaginal fluid, and breast milk. The initial symptoms of HIV are often not typical, so many new sufferers know the diagnosis of the disease after reaching a more severe stage. Until now, no definitive therapy is known to cure HIV completely. However, the replication of the virus that causes HIV can be suppressed, so that life expectancy is longer, and the risk of dangerous complications can be reduced.
Indeed, there is no direct relationship between smoking and alcohol consumption in worsening the condition of people with HIV. However, to ward off infection with the HIV virus, your body needs a lot of energy intake and excellent endurance. Cigarettes are known to contain so many free radicals that can cause endurance and stamina to decrease dramatically. Not only that, alcohol can also cause impaired liver function. In fact, the liver is very important function to neutralize toxins and harmful substances that enter the body. Furthermore, people who are used to smoking and consuming alcohol also often have difficulty being able to think in a way that is more at risk of experiencing behavioral disorders. This condition can make it easier for you to fall back into unhealthy behavior, including free sex, taking drugs, and so on.
Therefore, before it's too late, we recommend that you STOP IMMEDIATELY smoking and consuming alcohol, right? Live your HIV treatment regularly to your doctor or internist. If you have difficulty quitting smoking and consuming alcohol, you can consult directly with your doctor or psychiatrist.
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