Good news on the battle with HIV and Syphilis transmission between mother and baby

Good news on the battle with HIV and Syphilis transmission between mother and baby

Good news! Cuba eliminates Mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis   A report published today (1 July 2015) by BBC (British Broadcasting Corp) News has stated that Cuba has successfully eliminated transmission of HIV and Syphilis from mother-to-child (otherwise known as vertical transmission. Read more   The claims have been backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has been described as one of the ‘Greatest public health achievements possible’.   This hasn’t been an overnight revelation. It has taken many...

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Video on the HIV Window Period and Test Accuracy

HIV Window Period and Test Accuracy ” Hi, I’m Dr Tan from Dr Tan and Partners. Today we are going to talk about the HIV Window Period and the Accuracy of HIV tests. This has understandably caused a lot of confusion. The HIV Window Period is the time from when a person is infected with HIV to when our tests can tell us that he or she is infected with HIV. This means if a person who is infected does a test during this so called window period, the test will tell us he is NOT infected with HIV even though he is. This is called a false...

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MERS

Most of us would have known by now that a deadly viral disease called MERS have affected the South Korea recently. Since it has been on the news daily, there is no doubt that it has created fear and anxiety among us, especially for those who have to travel frequently. We have been getting a number of enquiries about this disease. Some asked if we have a vaccine against this virus. Some wanted to know if it is safe to travel to South Korea’s neighbouring countries. Some asked if they had been infected with the virus after coming back from...

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HIV testing in pregnant women

In the US there are approximately 50,000 new cases of HIV infection per year. Of these, approximately 150 involve vertical transmission from mother to child whilst the mother was still pregnant. In Singapore the number of new cases of HIV reported in 2014 was approximately 118 per million resident population. In Singapore, between 2008- 2014, there were only 2 reported cases of vertical transmission with none occurring within the last 4 years.   Although we can see that vertical transmission makes up a small percentage of the overall...

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HIV Prevention

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that destroys your immune system, causing life-threatening infections and cancers, therefore leading to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It has been about 30 years since HIV was discovered as the cause of AIDS. Back in the days when HIV/AIDS was first discovered, it was a total mystery. No one knew how it happened and no treatment was available. It was basically a death sentence, and people died within weeks or months after being diagnosed. We have come a long way since then. People...

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