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Smoking Cessation & HIV: What’s the Connection?


Published Date: 10/17/2023

Expiration Date: 05/16/2026

CE Credit: CME:1CNE: 1CPE: 1


This activity will first cite why clinicians should consider screening for nicotine dependence in HIV patients. Clinicians will learn to encourage all patients attempting to quit to use effective medications for tobacco dependence treatment, except where contraindicated or for specific populations for which there is insufficient evidence of effectiveness. Part of the learning outcome will involve clinicians learning more about the associated risks and prevention strategies with those living with HIV who smoke cigarettes. It will then cite how to screen HIV patients’ nicotine dependence and assess their readiness to quit. This will be discussed through health behavior change theories. Finally, this course will cite ways to assist smokers interested in quitting by providing information on Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).


Holly Murphy,PharmD, AAHIVP, BCPS

Holly Murphy, PharmD, AAHIVP, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist at Erie County Medical Center. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in 2013 and completed two years of post-graduate residency training in HIV Pharmacotherapy. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Practicing HIV Pharmacist per the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVP). Dr. Murphy is a clinical preceptor for various disciplines in the medical field, and routinely provides education in the community for pharmacists, physicians, and other providers on HIV and STI care.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the need for nicotine dependence screening in Persons Living with HIV (PLWH).
  • Review the negative effects nicotine has on PLWH.
  • Explain how to screen nicotine dependence and assess readiness to quit in PLWH.
  • List examples of smoking cessation interventions to help assist PLWH.

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