My feelings related to smoking cigarettes, HIV treatment and living with HIV shift constantly from ” I’m going to quit next week” to “I only smoke a few cigarettes a day.” It’s an ongoing struggle for me, as I’m sure it is for most smokers. If you’re like me, you don’t like people telling you what to do, even if they’re giving you good advice. So, if you’re considering quitting smoking, try having a conversation with your healthcare provider first. It’s a fact that HIV positive smokers have a greater risk of contracting lung cancer than other smokers. There a lot of options available, if you are motivated to stop smoking. Motivation and support are key.