What is it with Wednesdays? Last Wednesday I was just a nice young woman looking for some adult-sized deodorant (FAIL!), and this week I was minding my own business at a red light (just kidding, I was actually texting and updating my Facebook status) when I saw this advertisement on a bus stop for the drug Egrifta. Egrifta’s gift to the world: helping people living with an HIV positive diagnosis deal with that unseemly “excess belly fat.”
Excuse me, but am I the only person who thinks that the last thing someone who is managing HIV needs is pressure to now also have a hard body? Oh, you poor sufferers of HIV, you have managed to stay alive, which is a decent enough accomplishment, but if you could also lose that muffin top, then you will really be accomplishing something special.
Being alive: that’s B+ work.
Having a sexy stomach: that’s A+ work.
I did a little research on Egrifta and found the following facts (don’t say that Outlaw Mama doesn’t teach you a thing or two):
On November 11, 2010, the FDA approved Egrifta (“tesamorelin for injection”) as “the first and only treatment indicated to reduce excess abdominal fat in HIV-infected patients.”
According to the press release, the raison d’etre for Egrifta is simple: It’s only good to be alive if you have killer abs. “As HIV-infected patients are living longer, a substantial number may develop metabolic complications associated with HIV, such as abdominal lipohypertrophy [a fat stomach],” said Dr. Morris Schambelan, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. “With the approval of EGRIFTA™, doctors are now able to provide appropriately selected patients with a treatment option shown to reduce visceral adipose tissue [the fat stomach].”
Ya’ll, are you kidding me? The gift that medical research gives HIV positive people is a drug to reduce the muffin top? Might the drug companies have spent the money on a drug that might eradicate the more pernicious effects of the virus? For example, death? Did the dollars I spent doing the AIDS Walk go towards the development of Egrifta? If so, I want a refund, and a new pair of Brooks running shoes for my pain and suffering.