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Sexual Health

Sexual health deals with issues such as unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and safer sex practices.

Sexually transmitted infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are contracted during unprotected sex and their symptoms vary widely. You can reduce the risk by practising safe sex, through the use of condoms.

However, as condoms do not offer 100% protection, a better option is for a couple to be in a monogamous and faithful relationship. 

Common STIs

  • HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Genital warts

If you suspect that you have an infection, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. It is important to treat STIs early to reduce complications and stop the spread of infection to others.

To look after your reproductive health, visit your doctor regularly. Practise family planning so you'll never have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy or about passing an infection to your child.

Read this post for more information on STD screening in Singapore.

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Please see a doctor to discuss the issue. I would first want to confirm the diagnosis of Trichomoniasis is accurate by a history, examination and possible review of the investigations results, and if so, review risk factors and possibility of persistent exposure to risk factors or r...
13 Aug 2019
Any new lumps or bumps that you notice on the penis or on the foreskin should be evaluated by a doctor. If these lesions appear after a sexual encounter, the chance of STD is there. Make a trip down to see a urologist if you are concerned.
13 Aug 2019
This can be easily diagnosed. Just send a sample of your urine and a swab of your vagina to the laboratory to test for infection if any. Depending on the results, your doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication. It can either be anti-fungal or antibiotic (for bact...
2 Aug 2019
Some STIs or sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted even without penetration or sexual intercourse. Infections like genital warts, genital herpes, syphilis and molluscum contagiosum can spread by direct contact with the affected skin. If there is skin to skin contact ...
1 Aug 2019
Spermicides' function is to kill sperm . They are marketed to be more effective when used with condoms to prevent pregnancy. Nevertheless, there is no evidence to suggest that this is true. Spermicide and condoms used together are 98% effective as a means of contraception....
31 Jul 2019
Any unprotected vaginal intercourse carries the possibility of pregnancy. This is so as the pre-ejaculatory fluid (“pre-cum”) may have sperms. If the concern is unwanted pregnancy, condoms with spermicide should be used before any vaginal penetrative sex. Having said that, condoms are never 100% p...
31 Jul 2019
Norethisterone is a type of hormonal medication which contains the hormone called progesterone. This is commonly prescribed by doctors to women who wish to delay their periods due to travelling etc. While this medication is relatively safe to consume, some common side effects ...
28 Jul 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

13 Important Facts About HPV Vaccination in Singapore

13 Important Facts About HPV Vaccination in Singapore

You would probably be surprised if I say that HPV Vaccination uptake in Singapore is one of the lowest in the world [1]. A small population study shows that only 9.6% of females aged below 25 have taken the vaccine [2]. That is very low compared to 80% in the UK [1] and 70% in Australia [3].

Listed below are 13 important facts you need to know about HPV vaccination in Singapore:

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Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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The Gardasil 9 vaccination provides protection against cervical cancer as well as warts. When a medication or injection is approved by the government, it relies on research to support the claims made by the medications. In this case, the claim is that: In the few thousands of patients that the co...
20 Jul 2019
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