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Man with breasts dumped by wife who says: I can't sleepwith a woman

By unknown | Dec 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

An HIV-positive Mpumalanga man whose breasts developed after taking anti-retroviral drugs has been dumped by his wife.

Sabelo Maepa*, 42, of Sakhile in Standerton, says his wife has dumped him saying she could not sleep with "another woman".

Maepa is being looked after by his mother who depends on a monthly social grant of R870.

"It is hard for me to even visit hospitals on a regular basis because I don't have the money," Maepa says.

"My mother gives me some of the little she gets so that I can go to hospital, which is too far."

Maepa has a 20-year-old daughter who also lives else where.

He says he has no idea where his wife lives.

"I appeal to people to please help me get my life back on track," he says.

"I would appreciate any kind of help so that my lost dignity can be restored."

Maepa, who was supposed to undergo plastic surgery last month after developing "femalelike breasts", was so afraid that doctors had to postpone the operation to this week.

The medical term for Maepa's condition - man boobs - is Gynecomastia.

Doctors says this is basically a hormonal imbalance that causes breast tissue to form in the chest, with many sufferers developing fully developed breasts and some even producing milk.

Doctors refused to perform liposuction on him, saying one has to be in a good mental and emotional stable because undergoing any surgery can be trying.

One doctor said: "Being depressed after surgery can worsen any pre-existing mental condition.

"Even if you have diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure, they should be under control before you have the procedure."

Maepa will again be admitted to the same hospital later to undergo liposuction.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which a narrow tube called a cannula is inserted through short incisions and used to break up the fat under the skin.

The fat and tissue are then sucked out through the tube using a vacuum device.

Maepa, 42, who was diagnosed HIV-positive in April, says his breasts started developing a month after he started taking Stavudine, a type of antiretroviral (ARV).

The Standerton Hospital has since put him on Zidovudine, another class of ARV.

lSabelo Maepa is not his real name. His name has been changed to protect his identity.


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