Date: 12/07/2014

Author: Dr Gabriel Doucas

Date: 16/02/2014

Author: JP Du Plessis

He was suicidal before the operation that changed her life. She could live with the knowledge she was HIV-positive but not with the side effects of the treatment she was receiving for it.

The anti-retrovirals (ARVs) intended to save her life had caused her stomach and breasts to swell and her face, shoulders, buttocks and arms to wither away. What's worse, she was shunned as a result.

"These abnormalities can cause great discomfort but they're also an indication that patients are on ARVs, which means members of their communities know they're HIV-positive.

Date: 13/05/2011

Author: Thabo Jobo and Neria Hlakotsa (Eldorado Park Urban News)

The effects of antiretroviral are steadily becoming daunting where HIV infected people start to develop serious conditions due to this medical treatment. It has been discovered that the effects of ARVs are starting to pose a serious medical concern, especially for men, where they develop women breasts.

On the other hand, women also develop a "gaunt face" or a "buffalo back" due to the ARV medical treatment, but a specialist says this can be reversed.
Last Thursday, at the newly renamed Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, a woman patient underwent a face surgery where a Lypodystrophy (redistribution of fat) was performed.

Date: 11/05/2011

Author: Thandi Skade (The Star)

Lipodystrophy may be little known to many, but to those on ARVs, it can destroy health and self-esteem.

KHETHIWE* was on the verge of ending her life. Life for the teenager, who contracted HIV at a young age, was a misery as she endured countless nasty taunts from her peers over her changing appearance.

She dropped out of university after her first year and studied by correspondence to get away from the "girl with the muscle in her face" sneers. She removed all pictures of herself from the walls and started pulling away from people.

Date: 04/05/2011

Author: Tebogo Monama and Siphiliselwe Makhanya (Sowetan Live)

AFTER seven years of living with a buffalo hump - a growth at the back of the neck - Nthabiseng Mokoena will finally have it removed this week.

Mokoena, 40, from Motsoaledi informal settlement in Soweto, is one of 17 HIV-Aids patients at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital who will have corrective surgery as part of Lipodystrophy Week. According to Dr Gabriel Doucas, lipodystrophy is the "rearrangement of fat from places it should be to places it should not be."

Date: 27/09/2010

Author: Neil Oliver (Articlesbase)

When to, or when not to operate – that is the question that Dr Doucas will guide you to make. Dr Gabriel Doucas is a medical professional who is meticulous about educating his patients in order for them to fully understand the procedure that they are about to undertake.

By explaining all the medical terms and also the implications pertaining to the various procedures, the outcome and the consequences, in every-day language, helps to put the patient at ease and to make intelligent decisions regarding surgery.

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