There is a stigma that looms over STDs or Sexually transmitted disease that most Singaporeans don’t really talk about this matter. It is a sensitive topic that people who have STDs tend to shy away at the idea of getting themselves checked just to avoid the stigma. However, like any other diseases, STDs are a serious matter and requires medical attention.
This is why DB Clinic, a one-stop clinic in Singapore which aims to provide health care men and women’s health and deals with sexual health-related services. It is an STD clinic in Singapore that provides proper screening, diagnosis, treatment and management solutions for individuals affected with STDs. And in this article, DB Clinic provides facts about STDs and how an STD clinic in Singapore can help you overcome the disease and start anew with a healthy body.
What is STD?
Sexually transmitted disease (STD), also medically called venereal disease (VD), is an infection that can be caused by bacteria, virus, fungi, or protozoa. STDs can be transferred from person to person via unprotected sexual intercourse. Some of the most common STDs in Singapore are:
- Syphilis – a bacterial infection that can damage the brain, heart, and nervous system if left untreated
- Genital Herpes – a viral infection that can be caused by two types of virus that either infects the mouth or the genitals
- Genital Warts –characterized by cauliflower-shaped wart growth in the genitals and anal area. This disease is caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
- Chlamydia – a bacterial infection that can infect the mouth and anus through oral and anal sex.
- Gonorrhoea – a bacterial infection that can cause serious medical problems when left untreated (i.e. infertility, joint and skin issues)
How do I know if I have STD?
Some STDs can occur without any symptoms and some symptoms can manifest like the ones mentioned above. Therefore, if you are someone who practices casual sex, have multiple sexual partners and do not use protective devices during sexual intercourse, then you are susceptible to acquiring STDs and it is best to visit an STD clinic in Singapore right away to get immediate medical attention before the infection or the disease can cause more serious health problems. Worse, if you do not get treated right away and you still practice unprotected sex, you will most likely transfer the disease to your sexual partner.
What food should you eat to combat STD?
One of the ways to fight off STD’s from entering your body is by boosting your immune system through proper food and nutrition. DB Clinic, located at 290 Orchard Road #14-10 Paragon Medical Centre Singapore 238859, recommends the following foods that provide essential nutrients for your immune system:
Cinnamon is rich in nutrients with antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which is great for preventing a variety of diseases including some STD’s. Besides that, cinnamon is also beneficial for your brain health as well as in preventing diabetes.
- Cranberry Juice
Drinking cranberry juice can help kill off bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTI).
Ginger has antibacterial properties that are great for fighting off respiratory infections. It also stunts the growth of bad bacteria inside your body.
Garlic boosts your immune system response thanks to its antibacterial and antiviral components.
How can an STD clinic help me with my STD?
- Proper diagnosis
An STD can only be confirmed through a proper STD checkup. STD clinics in Singapore have several ways to confirm if you have STD. The first step is for the doctor to review your sexual and medical history to have an idea of how you got the disease. Then, you will be subjected to confirmatory tests to determine if you really have STD and what type of STD you have. Confirmatory tests may include:
- Physical exam – the doctor will examine your body and look for signs of STD like sores, bumps, and warts. If your doctor finds suspicious outgrowths, he/she will take a sample and send t to the lab for further analysis.
- Blood and Urine tests – your doctor will extract a blood sample from you or you will be asked to submit a urine sample. The samples will be sent to the lab for further testing. This test is usually used to confirm syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B, and other STDs.
- Swabs –your doctor will get a sample from your vagina, cervix, urethra and/ or rectum. with the use of a soft brush, spatula, or swab. The samples collected from the swab will be the ones used for STD testing.
- Proper STD Treatment
With the right diagnosis, your doctor will create an appropriate treatment plan to treat your STDs.
Correct diagnosis of the extent of infection in the affected structures will help your doctor device an appropriate treatment plan that specifically targets the cause of STD. This way, you are sure to receive the correct treatment and STD management.