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...

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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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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...

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Pain during Sex

Pain during sex – Shall we talk about it? Dyspareunia or painful sex can be very distressing to couples. The pain can be experienced just before (superficial), during or after (deep) sexual intercourse. This can happen to both sexes, but it is usually more common in women. Unfortunately many people who suffer from this condition do not seek medical attention and suffer in silence. Not only it can potentially affect the relationship with your partner, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition that may potentially cause...

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Penile Discharge – Should I be Worried?

Warning: this article includes graphic image some readers may find disturbing. Abnormal discharge from the penis is something that many men are terrified of. Unlike women, men do not normally have spontaneous discharge from the genitals. So when this happens, men naturally get extremely anxious and paranoid. Almost always, they would relate this to diseases they are most terrified of such as HIV and cancer. “Do I have HIV?”, “Do I have cancer?”, “What should I do?”, “Is it curable?”, “Where did I get this...

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Video on HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis PEP

  What is HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)? In this video, Dr Sii will discuss HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). PEP are medicines given to a person after a high risk HIV exposure to minimize the risk of him/her getting infected with HIV. Common high risk HIV exposure scenarios include having unprotected sex with a casual partner or sex worker, or condom breaks or slips. PEP has to be started within 72 hours after the exposure. It is up to 99% effective in preventing a HIV infection. Most people tolerate the treatment very well...

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