October #117 : Smokin’! - by Laura Whitehorn

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Immuno's Defense

Quick Draw

The Common Touch

Seeking for the Perfect Pill

Three’s the Charm With One-A-Day

No Cure, But A Better Liver

Striking Gold

Doctor’s Diary - October 2005

Home Work

Daring to Diet

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Flu-Shot Time


In Sickness and In Health

Buzz Off

A Little off the Top

Buddy Up

Who Will Save Them Next?

Pulse - October 2005

Wait-Lifting Stretches

Charlize in Charge

Miss Congeniality 3:HIV

Rap Sheet

Mentors - October 2005

Sex Toys R Us

Trying Trials


Editor's Letter - October 2005

Mailbox - October 2005

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October 2005


by Laura Whitehorn

You knew cigarettes were bad for your health. Did you know they also muck up your sex life?

Seattle HIVer Eric Bray was aware that smoking and HIV are a combustible mix: Cigarettes speed the development of many cancers and infections. Yet Bray couldn’t quit. Once, after stopping, “I broke down and went to buy a pack,” he says. “At the store, I saw a man in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank—buying cigs. ‘It’s a message from God,’ I thought. That was six years ago—I haven’t smoked since.”

Should he be tempted, here’s an antidote: A study found that some 120,000 British men are impotent from puffing and that smoking makes a gent 50% likelier to develop erectile dysfunction when he hits middle age.

Also to consider: Smoking makes you three times as likely to get wrinkles. Shriveled, stinky, can’t get it up—sounds sexy! A British government-funded campaign encourages quitting with eye-popping images like the one above.

Your doc can help, too—with support groups, nicotine patches and scripts. Or call the American Cancer Society (800.ACS.2345) for aid in waiting to exhale.

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