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watching my wasting face, makes me want to put a gun to my head
Nov 2, 2003

Dear Doc,

Watching my face waste makes me want to put a gun to my head. If disease does this even without treatment, then what hope is there? Why cant we fix this with cosmetics. It is very important to all with the disease.


Response from Dr. Pierone

If you are serious about having suicidal thoughts you need to inform you doctor and get immediate help. If you are using this expression to voice your frustration with the problem, I know where you are coming from. This problem is considered a minor annoyance by many, but it is a very significant issue.

There is hope though. First, modification or stopping HIV medications may be appropriate depending on your status and treatment history. Depending on the type of facial wasting there are a variety of cosmetic fillers, implants, and procedures that can help and others in the pipeline.

Start with your doctor and see what resources are available in your area. Here is a web site with some more information Good luck!

s-1360 go on or failed?
you covered FTC something about Lacitc acidosis?

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