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HIV-Related Facial Wasting Treatments Now Covered By Taxpayers

Facial lipoatrophy, or “facial wasting,” is one of the most visible symptoms of many HIV antiretroviral treatments. We have friends who cite facial wasting as among the worst side effects of their HIV status, because it’s an obvious tell, and hurts their self-confidence. Some good news, then: Under new Medicare and Medicaid rules, the government-backed health insurance providers will cover treatments for FDA-approved facial fillers like
Sculptra and Radiesse, which often cost upwards of $1,500 per treatment, and which patients often need to receive more than once a year. The coverage begins immediately. Critics might say it’s a waste of government funds on a cosmetic procedure, but researchers wiser than we report facial wasting leads to depression, which of course can lead to other, much more debilitating ailments.

(Pictured: A patient before and after treatment)

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3 Comments

  • tofer david

    how wonderful for those who need it

  • Bob R

    There are many who suffer this malady as a result of HIV meds that are neither covered by Medicare (not collecting disability) or Medicaid. Unfortunately, there’s no help for those who continue to work for a living, don’t have private insurance and depend on the CARES act and ADAP to survive. Sadly, they must appear in this condition on the job everyday. Maybe when our new Health Care Reform Bill goes into full effect around 2016, and they’re still alive, they too may be able to get some help for this deplorable condition.

  • Joe

    Oooh wait till Darth McCain and the evil republican empire hear about this one!

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