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 years of research...

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Health Advice for Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia is amongst the largest mass gatherings in the world. It draws about 3 million Muslims from around the world. Each year, more than a thousand Muslims from Singapore make the pilgrimage. Umrah is a similar pilgrimage that many Muslims take during the month of Ramadan. Here are some tips to help keep you safe and healthy during your pilgrimage. Before your trip, ensure that your vaccines are up-to-date. The Meningitis Vaccine is mandatory if you are travelling to Saudi Arabia to take part...

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Can you get HIV from sharing a nasal spray?

I recently answered a question on Quora which I found interesting so am sharing it here. Question: Can you get HIV from sharing a nasal spray with a co-worker, even if you covered it with toilet paper before using it? I was suffering from a sinus headache, and a guy I worked with offered me to use nasal spray. I wasn’t sure, so I wiped it down and even covered it with toilet paper before sticking it in my nose. I then sprayed it. I do have some HIV-related anxiety, and I since wonder if I put myself at risk for HIV since I...

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Thank you Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

“The first of our founding fathers is no more” said our Prime Minister on 23rd March 2015 and with that statement, signaled the end of an era. When such a monumental event has occurred, it is difficult not to reminisce, to remember and even to feel a little nostalgic about a Singapore long past. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister from literally the day I was born. At the time, we lived in a very different Singapore. I remember frequent power failures when the lights would suddenly go out sometimes for hours at a time. I also remember...

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Male sub/infertility

Male subfertility/infertility. Having children can be a wonderful experience but often, getting pregnant can be a source of anxiety and stress for many couples. Even in perfectly healthy couples the chance of successful pregnancy in any given month is about 15-25%. So, many months of trying may be necessary to be successful. If there are factors affecting fertility (in either partner) then this chance drops. Here I will consider the male side of infertility. Male infertility is considered to be responsible for 20% of cases of infertility in...

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