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Early HIV Meds Caused Body Shape Change, but Bert Perseveres Img

Early HIV Meds Caused Body Shape Change, but Bert Perseveres

"Medications have gotten better over the years and you don't have to take as many as you used to or at the exact same time of day," Bert explains, "But the lipodystrophy and lipoatrophy symptoms never went away."

Why I Wiped HIV Off My Face Img

Why I Wiped HIV Off My Face

Even as a proud long-term HIV survivor, Mark S. King didn't like how facial wasting stripped away his choice of when to disclose his status. These videos chronicle his success with facial wasting treatments.

After 17 Years on HIV Meds, It's Still Hard to Gain Weight Img

After 17 Years on HIV Meds, It's Still Hard to Gain Weight

Have meds ever caused you to lose weight? As Jim Delaney writes in this piece, "I am still here and that is what counts."

Liposuction! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Liposuction! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"Having HIV never made me feel unworthy, but how HIV reshaped my body, for sure, made me feel ugly and caused me a lot of doubts."

Treating My Facial Wasting With Artefill: A Video Blog by Mark S. King Img

Treating My Facial Wasting With Artefill: A Video Blog by Mark S. King

"My dismay over the telltale wasting that began to appear on my face surprised me, and it pitted two strong emotions against one another: my pride for being a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate, and my shame for looking like one. I'm only human."

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...

In This Corner, the Scale: A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram Img

In This Corner, the Scale: A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram

"The funny thing is that at 140, I feel horrible, but everyone thinks I look 'healthy.' ... When I get my weight down to where I feel good, filled with energy, it is around 120-125. No fat; muscle. And everyone begins commenting: 'you've lost weight...

Prevention of Fat Loss and Lipoatrophy of the Face: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

Prevention of Fat Loss and Lipoatrophy of the Face: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"Many people feel very depressed because they lose fat in their face and become stigmatized by it," Maria T. Mejia writes. "Although medication is better today than it was 20 years ago, I use Sculptra to prevent fat loss in my face." In this blog ent...

I'm Gonna Wipe That AIDS Right Off of My Face: A Video Blog by Mark S. King Img

I'm Gonna Wipe That AIDS Right Off of My Face: A Video Blog by Mark S. King

"Most of us know 'the look,'" Mark S. King says. He's referring to lipoatrophy -- the loss of fat in the face that was once a telltale sign of HIV. Mark is one of many HIVers who receives treatments to keep his face looking more full; in this new vid...

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A Decade of Positive Faces: Jake Peters

How would you describe your health?

Good.

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...