What Is STD?

STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are bacteria, viruses and parasites that are transmitted from one person to another primarily during sexual intercourse. STDs can infect the penis, the vagina, the anus, the throat and even the eyes. Certain STDs can also cause symptoms in places other than the sexual organs. For example, Syphilis can result in a rash that covers the whole body including the palms and the soles. In fact, more worryingly, many STDs can infect a person and stay completely invisible without causing any symptoms (also known as asymptomatic infections). These cases are particularly challenging as patients do not even know that they have been infected, and therefore do not get tested and treated. They then not only potentially suffer serious long term complications caused by the infection, but they can also unknowingly pass the infection onto others

STD TESTING, SCREENING & TREATMENT

The rapid finger prick test generates results in 20 minutes or shorter, greatly reducing the anxiety of waiting for test results compared to traditional tests. However, if the rapid finger prick test reveals patient to be positive for HIV, a confirmatory laboratory test has to be done

STD screening is recommended for sexually active adults, regardless of whether the
individual is experiencing symptoms or not. It is also suitable for individuals who are starting a new sexual or couples who are getting married.

What is HIV?

HIV is a virus that damages the immune system. The immune system helps the body fight off infections. Untreated HIV infects and kills CD4 cells, which are a type of immune cell called T cells. Over time, as HIV kills more CD4 cells, the body is more likely to get various types of infections and cancers. HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids that include: -blood -semen -vaginal and rectal fluids -breast milk The virus doesn’t spread in air or water, or through casual contact. HIV is a lifelong condition and currently there is no cure, although many scientists are working to find one. However, with medical care, including treatment called antiretroviral therapy, it’s possible to manage HIV and live with the virus for many years.

HIV TESTING, SCREENING & TREATMENT

HIV PrEP is suitable for individuals who do not have HIV but are at high risks of contracting the virus, such as injection drug users. HIV PrEP involves taking medication daily to prevent the virus from establishing a permanent infection. The medication’s effectiveness depends on the consistency of consumption, i.e. daily. Since HIV PrEP only protects against HIV, other precautions have to be taken to prevent against other STDs.

 

HIV PEP is suitable for individuals suspected of HIV exposure and is most effective within 72 hours from said exposure. HIV PEP involves prescribing of 3-course Antiretroviral medications and/or combining with therapy to patient for a month.

Our team of professional medical staff respects your privacy and we keep all information strictly confidential. We will provide an anonymous questionnaire for patients to provide more details for an accurate test. No personal information will be recorded in any way and patient will receive the test results confidentially.

The rapid finger prick test generates results in 20 minutes or shorter, greatly reducing the anxiety of waiting for test results compared to traditional tests. However, if the rapid finger prick test reveals patient to be positive for HIV, a confirmatory laboratory test has to be done

The test detects specific antibodies in your bloodstream, oral fluid and/or urine that are only produced when a patient is infected with HIV. These antibodies are produced naturally by the body and they attach themselves to the virus to try and destroy it. A presence of the antibodies in the body indicates the presence of HIV.

STD screening is recommended for sexually active adults, regardless of whether the individual is experiencing symptoms or not. It is also suitable for individuals who are starting a new sexual or couples who are getting married.

ABOUT THE GOOD CLINIC

TGC provides comprehensive medical care for everyone. We are patient focused and believe in providing excellent services for all your healthcare needs. We provide Family Medicine, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Orthopaedic conditions services.

MEN'S HEALTH

Andropause

Also known as male menopause, it is linked to other conditions such as Erectile Dysfunction. Other symptoms include low energy levels, mood swings, low sex drive and loss of muscle mass and strength.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) refers to trouble getting or maintaining an erection of the penis for sexual intercourse. It is important to identify the cause of ED which sometimes may be due to psychological issues.

Male Fertility

Our dedicated team of medical staff will devise personalized treatment plans for the individual after identifying the type of infertility, based on sperm test results. Reviews with patient will be scheduled regularly for assessing improvements and adjustments made to treatment plans accordingly.

Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation (PE) refers to ejaculation occurring sooner than a man or his partner would like during sexual intercourse. The main symptom is the inability to delay ejaculation for more than a minute after penetration or during masturbation. Common causes include:

o Hypersensitivity of the penis

o Psychological issues such as performance anxiety and stress

PE can be treated with oral or topical medication, behavioural therapy and psychological therapy.

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is the swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland. The prostate gland is responsible for producing semen that contains sperms. Prostatitis can be grouped into chronic and acute prostatitis. Chronic prostatitis is more common, where the symptoms lasting several months.

Acute Prostatitis requires immediate attention, where the onset of symptoms being severe and sudden. Prostatitis symptoms may include:

o Painful or difficult urination

o Pain in the pelvic, lower abdomen or lower back area

o Urgent need to pee

o Blood in the urine

o Flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature

Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (Hypogonadism)

Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome is a condition in which a man does not produce sufficient testosterone, the primary male hormone. This typically affects older men, resulting in low libido, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, depression and more.

 

TDS can be diagnosed through a detailed set of questionnaires to understand possible causes, followed by measuring of the testosterone levels.

Family Medicine

TGC provides comprehensive medical care for everyone. We are patient focused and believe in providing excellent services for all your healthcare needs.

 

Our family medicine services include:

  • Acute conditions and Treatment
  • Chronic conditions and Treatment
  • Foreign Worker Examinations
  • Health Screening
  • Men’s Health
  • Minor Surgery
  • Pre-employment Examinations
  • Sexual Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Travel Advice and Vaccinations
  • Women’s Health

Women’s Health

TCG also provides comprehensive medical assistance for Women’s Health. Our services includes:

  • Breast Screening
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Contraception
  • Fertility Screening
  • HIV and STI Testing and Treatment
  • HPV Vaccination
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Pap Smears Screening
  • Premarital Screening
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
  • Weight Loss or Obesity

Orthopaedic Conditions

Apart from family medicine and sexual health conditions, our physician is capable of treating orthopaedic conditions such as:

  • ESWT for musculoskeletal problems
  • Knee and joint pains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Shoulder pains
  • Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Trigger Finger

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