Rapid HIV PCR Test (Next Day Result)

Ever since HIV was first identified in the 1980s, testing of individuals who may be exposed to the virus was the only way to know whether one has been infected. There is no specific symptom that would be able to identify if an individual is infected or not. Over the last 4 decades or so, improvements have been made to the tests (both to diagnose HIV and for monitoring of treatment) used to identify an infected individual. In particular, the ability of the PCR test to detect levels of the HIV virus in the blood has improved to the point of...

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Oral Thrush: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Oral thrush is caused by a fungal infection of the mouth and tongue. It is caused by a group of yeast organisms called Candida, and is also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis. It is normal to have a small amount of these fungal organisms living in your mouth and gastrointestinal tract without causing any harm, but if they start to multiply uncontrollably, you can develop an infection. Oral thrush is usually a mild infection which is easily treatable with antifungal medications, but it can also be an indication of a weakened immune system,...

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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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Patient’s Drugs Delivery

Dr Tan & Partners Singapore now delivers medicine to patients throughout Singapore. As medicine advances into the digital age, accessibility to healthcare has become much easier over the years. Our friendly in-house pharmacist is trained to respond to your drug delivery requests in a timely manner. Please visit:...

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HSA announcement on HIV Combo Test Kit Recall in Singapore

Dr Tan & Partners takes the recent recall of HIV test kits by the HSA very seriously. We would like to assure our patients that we take our commitment to providing you with quality healthcare with utmost importance. With regards to the recent Health Sciences Authority (HSA) of Singapore’s announcement on the manufacturer recall of the 4th generation SD BIOLINE HIV Combo test kits, we would like our patients to be informed of the following: It would be impossible to verify exactly how much detection sensitivity is affected for...

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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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