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The Mirror Has Two Faces: A Personal Account of Using Facial Filler for Lipoatrophy Img

The Mirror Has Two Faces: A Personal Account of Using Facial Filler for Lipoatrophy

Jeff Berry, the editor of Positively Aware, recently decided to give the facial filler treatment Sculptra a second shot, 11 years after a "discount" Sculptra treatment yielded unsatisfying results. Check out his blow-by-blow recap of the experience...

By Jeff Berry for Positively Aware
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Why Your Dentist Needs to Know About Your Facial Fillers

In the early 2000s, facial wasting -- the loss of the fatty layer just under the skin on the face, particularly in the cheeks -- was a real concern for people with HIV on anti-HIV therapy. With its signature sunken cheeks and resulting gaunt appearan...

By Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
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A Decade of Positive Faces: Jake Peters

How would you describe your health?


Are you experiencing any specific issues around HIV or your treatment?

The HIV is under control.

In your cover story for The Positive Side in 2003, you were dealing with some intense symptoms of lipodystr...

By RonniLyn Pustil and Alexandra Murphy for Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
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Tesamorelin and Excess Deep Belly Fat

Tesamorelin and Excess Deep Belly Fat

Introduction Body Shape Changes Study Volunteers Study Design Side Effects Study Results Project Inform's Perspective


Studied as a way to reduce excess deep belly fat, the synthetic hu...

By Project Inform
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The Pain and Glory of Getting New Cheeks: Mark King's Video Blog

I've lived with HIV for more than 25 years and I'm grateful for that. But my face belies my good fortune. I've begun developing "the look" of a long-term survivor -- the telltale troughs in my face (facial lipoatrophy) that bear witness to my history...

By Mark S. King
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Doctor Views: Dr. Ben Young

Please introduce yourself.I'm Dr. Benjamin Young from Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., where I am an HIV specialist in private practice.I'd like to ask you some questions about lipoatrophy. Perhaps you could begin with talking about how you expl...

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A Drug to Gain Fat?

Hope of Treatments Beyond Facial FillersThere is currently no cure for lipoatrophy. Even the so-called "treatments," such as poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, New-Fill), Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite, Radiance), polydimethylsiloxane (Silikon 1000) an...

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Doctor Views: Kathleen Mulligan

Please provide a little background on how you got into doing research on people with HIV and, in particular, lipoatrophy.I have a Ph.D. in nutrition, and I started doing research in HIV infection back in the early '90s, back when wasting was the majo...

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Facing Up to It: Bio-Alcamid as a Facial Filler to Treat Lipoatrophy

Matt SharpAfter getting double takes in the supermarket, Chicago HIV treatment educator Matt Sharp decided to do something to change his face. In this detailed report, Matt recounts his trip to Tijuana, Mexico where he received injections of Bio-Alca...

By Matt Sharp for Positively Aware
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Muscle-Wasting Effects of Low-Carb Diets on People With HIV

It is not hard to go into any grocery store these days and see at least one product that advertises low or no carbohydrates on the package. The world seems to have embraced the idea that no or low-carbohydrate diets are good for us. It is a common m...

By Shelley for Seattle Treatment Education Project