What is your risk of getting Chlamydia?

We all know that Chlamydia is an extremely commonly diagnosed STD. It is the number 1 commonest STD in Singapore, Japan and many other parts of the world. But how likely are you to catch it if you had sex with someone who has Chlamydia? A recent study done by the Melbourne Sexual Heath Centre helped shed some light on this. This study was published in the Journal Of Sexually Transmitted Infections (Sex Transm Infect. 2015;91(6):434-439) The Centre did a cross-sectional study of patients over a 3 year period from 2010 to 2013. They selected...

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Rabies Outbreak in Malaysia

1st October 2015 The Malaysia Department of Veterinary Services has reported an outbreak of rabies among dogs in three states in Northern Malaysia: Perlis, Penang and Kedah. There have been 12 people reported to have been bitten by dogs but fortunately, none of them got infected with Rabies. Singapore has been rabies free since 1953. How do you get Rabies? Most people get infected with Rabies via dog bites. The saliva of infected animals contains the Rabies virus. Animals that are infected with rabies are usually very agitated and...

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Viagra Melt Tabs

Viagra Melt Tabs (also known as Viagra Orodispersible Tablets or ODT for short) is now available at our clinics. It is a Viagra tablet that melts in your mouth like a sweet. This gives you the convenience of taking the medicine anytime even if you do not have water. It comes in 50mg tablets and works just like regular Viagra. It is used for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. It improves blood flow to the penis so that you can have a harder and longer lasting erection. It only works if you are sexually stimulated. You will not get an...

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Cough, sore throat and rash – are these signs of HIV or ARS?

HIV (Human immunodefiency virus) is an incurable disease that gradually weakens your immune system making you more susceptible to other diseases. If left untreated for long enough you may progress to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). ARS or acute retroviral syndrome includes symptoms that you may experience in the early stages of HIV infection. The HIV symptoms are often described as ‘the worst flu ever’ and usually show 2-4 weeks after exposure. These symptoms may include but are not limited to: Sore throat Cough Runny...

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MediShield Life to provide insurance cover for HIV +ve Singaporeans

The much anticipated MediShield Life will kick in at the end of this year. It is promised to cover “pre-existing” illnesses which immediately begged the question “will it cover people living with HIV?” This is a very fair question given the health insurance climate faced by HIV +ve people in Singapore. In a nutshell, there is no insurance policy that provides coverage for a non-occupational HIV infection and most insurance policies actually have a clause that they will become void if a person becomes infected with HIV. Speech by...

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