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Despite Government Cuts of Complimentary Sculptra for HIV-related Face Wasting, Masha Banar, Physician Associate of Boston MA, is Still Able to Help Her Patients
Date:7/18/2013

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 18, 2013

HIV is not a terminal illness anymore thanks to several classes of very potent medications. One of those classes of medications, nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), causes loss of fat from the face or lipoatrophy. It is a stigma of HIV: thin face with skin plastered on top of the muscles. Many patients’ personal lives are affected; a lot suffer from depression, and there have been cases of suicide documented.

Sculptra was initially approved to only treat HIV-related lipoatrophy. Sculptra Aesthetic, collagen stimulator that replaces face volume and restores youthful look, is the most advanced product on the market. Two to four rounds of injections spaced several weeks apart might be needed to achieve a good result. The amount of product and rounds are determined based on the degree of volume loss of the face.

Patient Access Program has helped HIV-affected individuals with low income to get complimentary Sculptra kits for reconstruction of this debilitating side effect. Previously, patients could count on 8 kits within the time period of 18 months to reconstruct their faces. Since Sanofi Aventis, the company that makes Sculptra Aesthetic, was sold to Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the rules have changed and this amount is cut in half-barely enough to make a difference in some severe cases (http://www.needymeds.org/company_list.taf?_function=name&program_id=27ed0fb950b856b06e1273989422e7d3). Placing the product strategically can still treat this condi
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