STD/HIVscreening

At Dr Tan Medical Center, all STD/HIV screenings are done with your privacy in mind. We understand that sexual health is an intensely private matter and we always respect your concerns. Our prices are transparent and affordable, and claimable under insurance. Our professional staff remains on hand to advise you with any queries that you may have.

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STD Screening & Diagnosis

STD Screening & Diagnosis

As there are many different diseases that can be transmitted via sexual contact, we provide individualized advice on STD testing based on each patient’s unique situation.

Each disease causes different symptoms, and can be generally classified as:

  1. Urinary symptoms – Pain or discomfort passing urine
  2. Genital symptoms – discharge from the penis or vagina
  3. Skin symptoms – growths or ulcers on the genital skin
  4. General symptoms – fever or rashes on parts of the body other than the genitals

Sometimes, STD infections do not cause any symptoms at all. This is a dangerous scenario as the patient can unknowingly pass it onto his or her partner. Also, the infection may silently damage the body without the patient realising.

Commonly screened STDs include:

  1. HIV
  2. Syphilis
  3. Herpes
  4. Hepatitis
  5. Chlamydia
  6. Gonorrhea
  7. NSU (Non-Specific Urethritis)
  8. HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

For accurate results, a detailed history and examination by Dr Tan will be conducted before the painless screening.

STD screenings are usually painless, and use the following sampling methods:

  1. Throat
  2. Rectal
  3. Vaginal
  4. Urine
  5. Semen

It is important to note that STDs do not resolve by themselves. A good STD screening program takes into account the patient’s specific situation and requirements and uses this situation to tailor the necessary tests for that individual patient.

Detailed symptom analysis and examination

Quick results for peace of mind

Targeted screening for maximum efficacy

STD Treatment

STD Treatment

We give comprehensive advice on treatments required as well as expedited partner therapy and close follow-ups to ensure eradication of the infection.

Not all STDs manifest with symptoms. Very often, STDs are only detected via screening. If a patient has been diagnosed, there are several considerations:

  1. Treatment of current infection
    The actual treatment required depends on the particular STD diagnosed. Most of the time, the treatment will be in the form of tablets and/or injections.
  2. Ensuring that the infection has been eradicated
    Commonly known as a “test of cure”, this is performed after a specified time to ensure that the infection has been completely cleared from the body.
  3. Preventing or minimizing recurrences
    Some STDs such as Herpes, HPV warts, Syphilis and Hepatitis B are known to be recurring. As such, it is important that strategies be taken to prevent the rate of recurrence.
  4. Partner testing and therapy
    Testing and treating sexual partners is a key component of managing an STD infection. This breaks the chain of infection and re-infection due to exposure to the same partner.
  5. Preventing or minimizing the risk of re-infection
    Strategies to minimize the risk of re-infection include the correct and consistent use of condoms, vaccination and tablets taken before or after high risk exposures that can minimize the risk of certain STDs and also HIV.

Non-invasive and targeted treatments

Overcome infections with minimal disruption

One-stop center to overcome STDs

STD Vaccination

STD Vaccination

Vaccination is an effective and cost-efficient method to protect oneself from infectious diseases.

The 2 STDs that one can be vaccinated against are:

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

HPV is the commonest STD in the world. It is transmitted via any form of skin-to-skin sexual contact. Therefore, even correct and consistent use of condoms does not provide complete protection from HPV. HPV infection in women can lead to cervical cancer and warts. In men, HPV infection leads to wart and anal cancer.

There are currently several vaccines available for HPV. However, some protect against more strains of HPV compared to others.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is transmitted via body fluids, sexual activity and also transmitted from the mother to the child in the womb. It is endemic in Singapore and many people carry the Hepatitis B virus.

All Singaporeans get vaccinated against Hepatitis B during childhood. However, this protection may fade away in adulthood. A simple blood test can determine if a person still has the protection or not.

Getting vaccinated against Hepatitis B also confers some protection against Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is also a sexually transmitted infection and is also commonly spread through sharing of contaminated needles.

Updated vaccines to cover more strains

Peace of mind with pre-emptive protection

15 years of experience in screening, treatment & vaccination

HIV Screening

HIV Screening

We believe in universal HIV screening, with various testing tools available to cater for a wide range of patients. All tests are conducted accordingly to the latest published guidelines.

A HIV infection does not always present symptoms. If a person does develop symptoms for HIV, it most often appears between 3 to 6 weeks after infections.

Common symptoms of HIV are:

  1. Rash
  2. Fever
  3. Sore throat
  4. Swollen lymph nodes

Because symptoms are unreliable and often do not develop in many patients, the most reliable way to determine if a person has been infected with HIV is still via screening tests.

The type of test done is determined by the time from when a person could have been infected with HIV. If the potential HIV infection was:

  • < 3 days ago – do not think about testing. Instead see our Doctor to talk about HIV PEP to reduce the risk of infection.
  • 10 to 28 days ago – the HIV RNA PCR test is recommended as a conclusive test. Blood is drawn from the arm and sent to the lab. It may take several days to get results.
  • 28 to 90 days ago – the HIV 4th Generation (aka HIV Combo) Test is recommended as a conclusive test. This is done in the clinic via a fingerprick. It takes several minutes to get results.
  • > 90 days ago – the HIV 3rd Generation Test is recommended as a conclusive test. This is done in the clinic via a fingerprick. It takes several minutes to get results.

Seamless integration with HIV care

Multiple methods to screen

Minimal waiting with quick test results

HIV Treatment

HIV Treatment

Getting infected with HIV is no longer a death sentence, with many people living with HIV leading healthy, productive and meaningful lives.

HIV is now a chronic disease that can be well managed with medication not much different from Diabetes or High Blood Pressure.

The infection can be brought under good control with medication. Getting the infection under control also eliminates the risk of passing the HIV on to another person.

People living with HIV who maintain an undetectable viral load have the same life expectancy of someone without HIV.

The cost of managing HIV has also reduced significantly. Anti-retro viral medication used to treat HIV are now much more affordable.

Even though a person living with HIV may feel completely well for years, it is recommended to start on HIV treatment as soon as possible. This is because even though it may not cause any symptoms in the first few years, a HIV infection causes chronic inflammation in the body and can cause health problems later in life.

Rest assure that Dr Tan will take you step by step through the treatment process.

Reduce the possibility of passing HIV

Effectively manage HIV symptoms

Protect those around you with qualified advice

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

HIV PEP is a course of medication that reduces the risk of HIV infection after a possible exposure. It is affordable, safe and can significantly reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV. However, it must be started within 72 hours. Enquire Now

Getting inadverdently exposed to HIV can be very worrying, and can happen due to:

  1. Broken condom
  2. Sexual intercourse with a high-risk partner
  3. Coming into contact with a contaminated needle
  4. Eyes or broken skin exposed to contaminated body fluids

In a consultation with Dr Tan, he will help you objectively assess and understand your risk before making a shared decision on the need for you to be on HIV PEP. Many times, patients have found that the risk is not as high as they think it is.

Also, you should consider screening for other STDs. It is far easier to catch an STD like Chlamydia compared to catching HIV.

Reduce risk of contracting HIV

Low-cost and fast-acting

No or minimal side effects

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

HIV PrEP is a medication taken regularly to allow one to lead a desired lifestyle while reducing the risk of getting infected with HIV. It is safe and does not need to be overly expensive. However, people on it require regular monitoring.

However, HIV PrEP does not provide protection against any of the other STDs. Therefore, even if a person is on HIV PrEP, using a condom is still recommended.

The 2 most common ways to take HIV PrEP are:

Daily

Taking HIV PrEP daily has the best medical evidence for protection against HIV. Only one single pill a day is required.

For patients on this regime, the recommendation is to have a HIV test and blood tests done once every 3 months. Also, screening for other STDs should be performed at least once a year.

Event Based

Event-based dosing for HIV PrEP means that a person takes the medication only before a potentially risky exposure.

It is important to note that no further exposure should be encountered after the medicine doses are completed.

Minimal side effects

Lower risk of HIV

Various medication sources for affordability

Wart Removal

Wart Removal

Warts are flesh or pigmented colored lumps frequently found on the genital and anal region. They can be flat or lumpy and commonly described as looking like a “cauliflower”. Warts are not painful but they can sometimes be itchy. Warts are caused by an infection with HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) which is an extremely common STD.

There are several treatments for warts including:

  1. Creams
  2. Freezing (Cryotherapy)
  3. Laser removal
  4. Circumcision if the warts are numerous and on the foreskin

Warts can be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Even after a person has been infected with HPV Warts, taking the vaccine can reduce the rate of recurrence and also prevent infections by other strains.

HPV tests can detect cancer causing HPV strains but not wart causing strains. The diagnosis of warts is made by visual inspection. If a confirmatory test is required, the wart is removed and sent to the lab for microscopic inspection.

Wart prevention vaccines available

Wide range of wart treatments

Affordable & transparent pricing

“Every patient deserves our fullest attention.”

If you have any queries, please contact us at 6513 0359 or use the contact form below.
Dr Tan Medical Centre

10 Sinaran Drive #09-30, Novena Medical Centre, Singapore 307506

Tel: (+65) 6513 0359 WhatsApp: (+65) 9750 5037

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