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Contact tracing is the process of identifying relevant contacts of a person with an infectious disease and ensuring that they are aware of their exposure. For sexually transmitted infections (STIs), relevant contacts include those with whom the patient (index case) has had s...
15 Sep 2019
I wouldn't be too worried if you do not have any cuts in your skin while you were in physical contact with your hands. 1) Human Immunodeficiency Virus - HIV can only survive in bodily fluids. It does not survive very long in open air. Unless you had contact with the vaginal or se...
27 Jul 2019
Thank you for the question. Early signs of HIV can be look like that of an other viral infection or flu. Fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, skin rashes, nause and diarrhoea are some of the commons that you may experience. You may also experience swelling of the lymph nodes. This can occu...
1 Apr 2019

What Is HIV And How Is It Transmitted? A Singaporean Dermatologist Explains Why HIV Patients Should Not Be Stigmatised

What Is HIV And How Is It Transmitted? A Singaporean Dermatologist Explains Why HIV Patients Should Not Be Stigmatised

The recent news on the data leak on individuals with HIV infection has reignited interest in HIV.

In particular, there have been calls to avoid discrimination of HIV individuals in the workplace and reduce the stigma associated with HIV.

Dr Colin Theng explains the HIV virus and how it is transmitted. 

1764 views 12 Feb 2019
Thanks for the question. I think that the risk of catching HIV through a manicure is extremely low. Most good manicure establishments do use equipment that have been sterilized. However, even if the equipment used was not sterile, the risk of catching HIV is very low. Firstly...
7 Feb 2019

You Can Prevent STIs And HIV; This Singaporean Doctor Explains How

You Can Prevent STIs And HIV; This Singaporean Doctor Explains How

Sexually transmitted diseases can be hard to talk about. In many ways, there's still a certain sense of taboo whenever the topic comes around. This is especially true in Asian countries like Singapore.

Such a lack of familiarity can become an issue. Many individuals aren’t well-informed about the various types of STIs that can be contracted, as well as the types of treatment and preventive measures available. 

A number of DoctorxDentist readers have posted questions pertaining to sexually-transmitted illnesses. Dermatologist Dr Tan Wei Sheng shared his professional opinions. 

456 views 25 Jan 2019
Thank you for the question. The risk of catching HIV is highest if you have multiple sexual partners and practice unprotected sex. The risk of transmission is higher through vaginal and anal sex and is lower with oral sex. HIV can also be transmitted through blood and blood prod...
7 Jan 2019
Source: http://www.poz.com/pdfs/P04-14p53.risk_transmission.pdf Here's a great infographic that sums up the risks of HIV transmission from various sexual activities. Here's another useful tool from the CDC that allows you to calculate your risks of getting HIV, assumi...
1 Jan 2019

A Doctor Tells You Why It Is Important To Take A HIV test, Even If You Think You Are Not At ‘High-Risk’

A Doctor Tells You Why It Is Important To Take A HIV test, Even If You Think You Are Not At ‘High-Risk’

General practitioner, Dr Jonathan Ti, revealed that a late HIV diagnosis is a huge determinant in HIV-related deaths. In his many years of treating HIV, many people have admitted that they didn't take the test sooner because of the public stigma. 

This stigmatisation can be detrimental to the patient's health. Most of the times, early detection will lead to early treatment and thus, better outcomes.

Dr Jonathan Ti recently posted a complete guide to getting an HIV test done in Singapore on DxD. Here are some of the key points from his super comprehensive guide.

388 views 27 Dec 2018
Below are high risk behaviours that would put you at a higher risk of getting STI and HIV: Unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse Unprotected oral intercourse. Engaging in sexual activity from a young age. Sexually active with multiple partners Sexually active...
19 Oct 2018
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