HIV Prevention: To HIV PrEP or not to HIV PrEP?

If you’re reading this, most probably you would have an awareness about HIV and are worried about getting infected. Rightfully so, as there is still no cure for HIV and it can lead to a severe disease called AIDS and eventually death. Every year more than 400 new cases of HIV are reported in Singapore the majority of which are still in the prime of their lives between the ages of 20-49. So if you are HIV negative and sexually active, you have a right to be afraid of HIV infection. So what do we have to protect ourselves from this deadly...

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Circumcision Clinic in Singapore

Circumcision is the term used to describe the surgical removal of the excess foreskin. When is it done? The circumcision procedure is usually indicated in patients with phimosis (tight foreskin opening), recurrent foreskin infections, such as balanitis, and for religious reasons. Around 1,900 cases are performed yearly in Singapore in both private and subsidised institutions and all of them are done as day surgery. This figure excludes cases done in the GP setting for religious purposes. In our clinic for circumcision, we mostly deal with...

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Dyspepsia and Urea Breath Test

Having reoccurring belly pain & discomfort, bloating, heartburn, burping up food or liquid, or feeling uncomfortably full after eating? You could have Dyspepsia (Indigestion)! Dyspepsia or indigestion is a common condition used to characterise the symptoms of epigastric pain, discomfort or burning sensation. Symptoms of Dyspepsia (Indigestion) You may experience one or more symptoms that include: Belly pain or discomfort Regurgitation (Burping up food or liquid ) Heartburn Feeling uncomfortably full after eating Loss of appetite. Most...

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HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong (World AIDS Day 2016 Singapore)

HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong World AIDS Day 2016 – Singapore #HIVNOTRETRO 1st December is World AIDS day. How fast another year has gone by and here we are again recognizing another World AIDS day. This year’s theme seeks to remind us that the disease that we know as HIV/AIDS wears a very different face today compared to when it was first discovered in the 1980’s. Back then the face of AIDS was a painfully skinny person lying on a tattered mattress atop a plain wooden bed in a straw hut. With flies buzzing around him and yet he...

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Rash on Penis – Penile Rash

Unusual spots or blotches or any kind of rash on the penis can cause a lot of concern. It is not always caused by an STD or an infection. This article will break down some of the possible causes. For causes of lumps and bumps on the penis, read our other article by clicking HERE. 1.) Herpes Simplex This presents classically as a cluster of 3 to 5 painful blisters. Each blister is 3mm to 5mm in diameter. The skin under the blisters is always red. Herpes is transmitted by sexual contact even oral sex. Click HERE for our full article on...

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