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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Man Grows Breasts?

A 42-year old Mpumulanga man has started growing breasts after he was enrolled in the government's antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme, the Sowetan newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Sowetan reported that the Standerton man, whose photograph appears on the front page with his face blacked out, had started growing breasts a month after he began taking antiretroviral drugs in April.

The resident of Standerton's Sakhile township said doctors and nurses at Standerton's TB hospital refused to listen to him.

He then made a decision to stop taking the drugs and a private doctor later told him that his decision to take the drugs had contributed to the growth of his breasts.

"I am forced to remain indoors because whenever I take a stroll on the streets, people stare at me and some even laugh uncontrollably when they see my big boobs," he was quoted as saying.

Mpumulanga health spokesperson Mpho Gabashane told Sapa on Wednesday that the department would investigate the case.

He urged all those on ARV treatment to take their drugs exactly as prescribed by their doctors.

"Any reaction they (ARV recipients) experience, they must go back to the doctors and nurses and tell them. But they must not default on their treatment. This can cause problems."

He said the department would try to trace the man and determine what had gone wrong.

At the 15th International Aids Conference held in Bangkok in 2004, one paper was presented reporting that three percent of men on highly active antiretroviral therapy in a study group of 579 male patients experienced Gynecomastia - the development of breasts in males.

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