Penile Discharge – Should I be Worried?

Warning: this article includes graphic image some readers may find disturbing. Abnormal discharge from the penis is something that many men are terrified of. Unlike women, men do not normally have spontaneous discharge from the genitals. So when this happens, men naturally get extremely anxious and paranoid. Almost always, they would relate this to diseases they are most terrified of such as HIV and cancer. “Do I have HIV?”, “Do I have cancer?”, “What should I do?”, “Is it curable?”, “Where did I get this...

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Education helps to reduce HIV Risk

It has been more than 30 years since HIV was first discovered. We have come a long way. These days, HIV patients are living a normal life like anyone else. However, till date, HIV-related stigma and discrimination still exist in every corner of the world. Why? This comes down to the very basic of human nature. We fear things that we do not know about. We shy away from things that we do not understand. This is a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed. And how do we do that? The answer is very simple: Knowledge and education. This is why...

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MediShield Life to provide insurance cover for HIV +ve Singaporeans

The much anticipated MediShield Life will kick in at the end of this year. It is promised to cover “pre-existing” illnesses which immediately begged the question “will it cover people living with HIV?” This is a very fair question given the health insurance climate faced by HIV +ve people in Singapore. In a nutshell, there is no insurance policy that provides coverage for a non-occupational HIV infection and most insurance policies actually have a clause that they will become void if a person becomes infected with HIV. Speech by...

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Is it really possible to get infected with HIV by your Dentist?

Are there any proven cases of HIV infection by Dentists? Yesterday (July 2015), breaking news in Sydney reported that “up to 12,000 people” were asked to got for HIV and Hepatitis testing after it was revealed that the dental practices they received treatment at were under investigation for “poor hygiene practices.” Apparently, the dentists were using “poor cleaning and sterilisation techniques.” Of course, one of the dentists claimed that the complaint was made by a patient whom he had an argument with and wanted to put him out of...

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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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