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Health & wellness

Patients, advocates hope to ease a visible burden

Treatment for lipodystrophy, visible fat deposits caused by a reaction to HIV medication, often isn’t covered by insurance.

John Wallace spends his days alone.

Most mornings, he wakes at 7 and sinks into his spot on the couch in his neat but worn South Boston living room. He swallows a pill to quell his upset stomach, eats breakfast, takes eight more pills, and settles in for 16 or more hours of television.

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