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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.

Syphilis Is A Curable Disease; Singaporean Doctors Explain Its Diagnosis And Treatment

STDs can come in different forms/types, with an assortment of symptoms and, not to mention, a great deal of anxiety.

Those who are stricken can suffer from a great deal of embarrassment (in addition to the symptoms), with different diseases displaying different symptoms, ranging in severity and extensiveness.

On DxD, several readers posted questions about syphilis which included how to know if the diagnosis is conclusive and if so, what kinds of treatments could be found in Singapore.

Here's a compilation of some answers from reputable doctors with experience in the field.

100 views 15 Feb 2019
There are several causes for this and it has to do with the following: 1. The site of the lump (which part of the penis) 2. The size of the lump 3. The duration the lump has been present 4. Whether any deformities are present The common cause of a lump ...
14 Feb 2019
It would be important for you to get a work up of the irregular periods first before you resume your Yasmin. Resuming birth control pills is ideally done with the first day of your period, but this should only be after other causes of your irregular periods have been excluded. ...
13 Feb 2019
Hi there, The answer to your question will depend on what your menstural pattern was before yasmin and how irregular your periods have become now. Your periods on Yasmin would have been very regular because of the monthly withdrawal bleeding. However, if you have since stop...
13 Feb 2019
Hi there, It is good to know that you are taking birth control pills for contraception. Birth control pills are a very reliable form of contraception if taken correctly. Your next course of action will depend on when in the pack the missed pills were, eg: week 1, 2 or 3. However,if you had miss...
10 Feb 2019
Norethisterone isn’t really a drug that is meant for Long term use. More common uses for norethisterone is for example in dysfunctional uterine bleeding, delaying of periods and for endometrial protection when on estrogens. However common side effects include bloating and mood...
30 Aug 2018
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
Thank you for asking the question. Anti-depressants are controlled under "schedule 3 poisons act", meaning, there is no restriction for any licensed doctor to prescribe these medicines. There are however GPs who are more comfortable prescribing certain drugs compared to othe...
6 May 2018

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 DxD readers have posted questions pertaining to sexually-transmitted illnesses. Dermatologist, Dr Tan Wei Sheng, shared his professional opinions. 

160 views 25 Jan 2019
It is usually related to a change in pH or local bacterial flora. This is turn is most commonly caused by frequent douching, recent antibiotic use, occasionally related to change in partners. Diet, not so much so!
26 Aug 2018
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