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We set a new record, 42 guys showed up to talk about Facial Wasting. We’re becoming the place to be. Come join us!

We defined facial wasting as the fat loss from the face and one of the components of lipodystrophy. Although it’s not exactly known what causes fat to waste from some area and redistribute in other area, as many as 48% of people taking HIV-drugs may experience it. Most doctors now believe that nucleoside analogues such as Zerit and AZT may be the cause and not Protease Inhibitors.

Reversing facial wasting can partially be accomplished by switching drugs, but this may only partially correct the damage. We discussed a couple medical procedures, Sculptra or New Fill, Radiesse and Silicone.
Silicone is not approved for facial wasting, but some doctors are using it off-label. Radiesse is temporary, but immediate. Sculptra is longer lasting, approximately two years, but takes a month or so to generate the collagen.

We watched a video from Mark S King and ‘My Fabulous Disease’ about a Facial Wasting Procedure he video taped.

We discussed the cost. Sculptra and Radiesse have Patient Assistant Programs that will provide the drug for free for low-income patients, but you would still have to pay the doctor for the procedure. This might be several hundred dollars per visit and you might require 4-6 visits.

In March, 2010, Medicare approved covering the cost of facial filling treatments for HIV patients who are depressed.

Occasionally, some local doctors offer special programs where they cover these procedures for low-income people. The Wellness Center and Project Link has made these offers public a few times. When we hear about these, we will pass the information along in the website.

We also talked about the stigma people with facial wasting feel. Athough, facial wasting itself is not a dangerous health risk, it can have a serious impact on emotional and mental health. Many people with facial wasting may feel stigmatized that the facial wasting is an “HIV tattoo” indicating to the world their HIV status. This could result in a loss of self confidence and self-esteem.

After break, we discussed the Three Thanksgiving dinners coming up. Fusion is having a Pot Luck dinner on Thursday November 18. The Wellness Center is having a Thanksgiving luncheon on Saturday November 20. And Sunshine Cathedral is having a Thanksgiving Day dinner open to all. Information of these activities are in other blogs and on our calendar.

14 or us went to Peter Pan where we continued the conversation.

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PozAttitudes Group Movie Night.
Friday, November 12, 2010
MORNING GLORY starring Harrison Ford & Diane Keaton.
Coral Ridge AMC Theater.
Starts at 8:00 PM, meet inside lobby at 7:40 PM.

This is a comedy with good reviews. See details below.

Those wanting to get together after show for dining/drinks will meet inside lobby after movie.

Comedy – 102 min.

Plot: From director Roger Michell (‘Notting Hill’, ‘Venus’), producer J.J. Abrams (“Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” ‘Star Trek’), and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ’27 Dresses’), comes ‘Morning Glory,’ a new romantic comedy set in the in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star along with Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts — let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel — and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.

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South Florida AIDS Network
Community Meeting
Everyone Welcome
ADAP Update (AIDS Drug Assistance Program)
Part D Plan Changes
“Donut Hole De-Mystification”
Opportunity for Questions/Answers
Tuesday, November 16th
5:30 PM Refreshments
6 PM Meeting
Location: Holy Cross Hospital
Sister Innocent Conference Center
Hospital Address: 4725 No. Federal Highway
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
Auditorium is located on the South side of the hospital
map available on website: www.holy-cross.com

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The topic for this Wednesday, 11-10-2010 is Facial Wasting. We will discuss the causes, characteristics, health implications and procedures on how to reverse it. Specifically we’ll be discussing Sculptra and Radiesse.

We will be watching a video from Mark S. King from his My Fabulous Disease log that actually shows the procedures with before and after pictures.

This should be entertaining, educational and fun, so come join us.


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A Phase III, randomized, double blind study of the safety and efficacy of GSK1349572 50 mg daily to raltegravir 400mg twice daily both administered with fixed-dose dual nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor therapy over 96 weeks in HIV-1 infected antiretroviral therapy naive adult subjects.

In English: They’re dividing people into 2 groups for a 2-year study. One group with get Raltegravir plus NRTI HIV drug. The other group will get the new drug plus the same NRTI HIV drug. The object is to compare the effectriveness of the new drug with a previously established drug (Raltegravir). Everyone will be getting HIV medications on this study. This study is for people who have never taken HIV medications before (naive).

Contact Vern Applebee at the offices of Dr Gary Richmond; 954-524-2250

Even if you don’t qualify for this study but are having trouble getting medications, call Vern. He may be able to get you into another study.

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Friday PozAttitudes Group Movie Night, Nov. 5th: FAIR GAME,
starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn. Showing at Gateway Theatre. Starts at 7:20 PM.
Meet inside lobby at 7:00 PM. This movie is based on true story (see below details). Critics give big thumbs up.
Special Note: The movie For Colored Girls may be next week’s group movie due to anticipated high opening night attendance this Friday.

Those wishing to get together for drink/food will gather in lobby after movie. PLOT: A suspense-filled glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, ‘Fair Game’ is a riveting action-thriller based on the autobiography of real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), whose career was destroyed and marriage strained to its limits when her covert identity was exposed by a politically motivated press leak.

As a covert officer in the CIA’s Counter-Proliferation Division, Valerie leads an investigation into the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Valerie’s husband, diplomat Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), is drawn into the investigation to substantiate an alleged sale of enriched uranium from Niger. But when the administration ignores his findings and uses the issue to support the call to war, Joe writes a New York Times editorial outlining his conclusions and ignites a firestorm of controversy.
Drama – 108 min. –


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The topic for tonight Wednesday 11-03-2010 is “Acceptiong Change”. Sometimes we are faced with change that is not to our liking, like last night. How do we accept it? Life is a journey and we are constantly going to be faced with change. Not all of it is going to be good. Yesterday, a lot of candidates won who do not support Gay Marriage, The Health Care Package, and other issues vital to our well being. We need to deal with this change in a healthy and positive way that doesn’t affect our own health.

After break we are going to talk about;
-The definition of Undetectable Viral Loads. LabCorp now calculates Viral Load at 20 copies/ml where Quest calculates Viral Load at 48 copies/ml. The Department of Health and Human Services guideline for Undetectable is still 50 copies/ml.
-People who stigmatize HIV are less likely to take an HIV test.
-Mad Men Mondays
-Pot Luck Dinner
-Other issues

Come join us

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The topic for this Wednesday 11-03-2010 is ‘Accepting Change’. Tuesday is election day and we are going to be faced with change that some of us are going to be unhappy about. This is not the first time in our lives that we’ve been faced with change that we might not like, and it’s not going to be the last time either. Learning how to accept change and deal with it in an approporiate and healthy manner is a fundamental cofactor of survival.

Come join us in this discussion.


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FRIDAY Movie, Oct. 22, called CONVICTION, stars Hilary Swank & Minnie Driver. Plays at Gateway Theatre. Starts at 7:30 pm. Meet inside the lobby at 7:10 pm. Details and trailer link below. Critics love this movie based on true story…Those wanting to eat/drink after the show will gather in the lobby after movie.
Conviction Trailer

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Tuesdays’ Angels is an organization that hosts a monthly dinner that raises money to help people with HIV-AIDS

Tuesday’s Angels Dinner

November 2, 2010
(Doors Open at 6:15 PM.
Dinner will be served at 7:15 PM

Meeting/Raffle to be integrated with the dinner.

Dinner Location: Primavera at 830 E. Oakland Park. Blvd. in the shopping center (south side) east of K-Mart, west of Pearl and opposite the Shoe Warehouse. There is ample parking.

To place a reservation simply reply to this email and indicate your name, and the names of those in your party (if applicable) and your phone number in case there is a need to confirm. Also, please confirm your table captain. For our first-time guests or those who enjoy meeting new people, you can request to be seated at our “new friends” tables. For urgent requests, please feel free to call 954-463-7345 (Dan).

All reservations are to be made no later than Sunday

October 31, 2010.

Reservations will not be accepted after this date. Limited open seating will be available at the dinner on a first come basis.

The charge for dinner is $20 per person, which includes all food items and taxes. Payment can be made by cash or checks (made payable to “Primavera”). Wine and Cocktails ($5.00), Beer ($3.00), and soft drinks ($1.00) are available from the bar and at tableside. Since the price of dinner has not increased, we are requesting that table captains help us collect a minimum of $3.00 per person. Tip jars will be on each table.

The recommended minimum donation for members and guests for Tuesday’s Angels is $25 per person. Please place checks in the envelopes on each table.

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