Sexually Transmitted Diseases: How Effects Impact Women Differently From Man

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) is undoubtedly one of the major health challenges in Singapore, especially among women. If left untreated, these infections can cause serious health complications (or death in extreme cases) and can damage the reproductive organs to the point of infertility. Unfortunately, a person can get infected and show minimal or no symptoms at all.

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STD screening and HIV testing are the keys to prevention of the disease. Why is it believed that women are affected differently and are more prone to STDs? Below are the reasons why STDs impact women severely than men.

1. Women’s anatomy is more prone to infection compared to men’s.

According to a women’s health clinic professional, women’s internal anatomy can serve as a breeding ground for infection as it allows bacteria to get deeply into the body and multiply easily in the moist environment. The consequence of all these can be checked out by http://www.mlamclinic.com.sg/anonymous-hiv-testing/ in Singapore to ensure that your sexual health is ok. Moreover, the lining of the vagina is thinner and more delicate than the skin of the penis, making it easier for viruses and bacteria to penetrate and thrive.

2. STD symptoms have the same symptoms with minor female reproductive problems.

Women usually confuse STD symptoms for something less serious. Women experience normal discharge, especially before and after menstruation; abdominal pain before getting their period; and itching and burning feeling when having occasional yeast infection. Men, on the other hand, can easily detect signs of STDs like discharge because they don’t normally experience one.

3. Women are less likely to show symptoms.

Common STDs like gonorrhoea and chlamydia often show minimal to no symptoms on women compared to men, according to men’s health clinic. If symptoms occur, they go away on its own even if the infection still remains.

4. Lesions can happen internally.

Genital lesions (like from syphilis or herpes) usually occur inside the vagina and can go unnoticed, while in men, symptoms are more likely noticeable as the sores and ulcers happen externally—on the penis.

5. STDs can affect women’s reproductive plans.

If left untreated, STDs can lead to serious health problems and cause infertility, which can affect a woman’s future pregnancy plans. Unresolved STD cases can also cause internal inflammatory problems in the reproductive system, which can result to ectopic pregnancy or inability to conceive. Chlamydia, a common STD, can also affect men’s fertility but not as severe as women’s.

6. Pregnant women can pass the disease to their babies.

HIV, syphilis, and genital herpes can be passed to unborn babies. Some of the harmful effects of STD include low birth weight, brain damage, deafness and blindness, and stillbirth (a baby that’s born dead).

7. HPV is a common cause of cervical cancer.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common STDs, and is the number one cause of cervical cancer among Singapore women. Fortunately, there is now HPV vaccine, which helps prevent many kinds of reproductive cancer. Although HPV is also common in men, most cases don’t develop into more serious health complications.

Reducing Chances of Getting STDs

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Regardless of the gender, STDs pose a serious threat to the health. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reduce the risk of getting infected. But of course, the best way to avoid STD is to abstain from sex. For those sexually active people, there are many ways to secure your health from these infections.

• Be open with your partner. Talk to your partner about sexual health, STDs, HIV testing, and other prevention methods before any sexual interaction. Open communication about your sexual health and encourages respect and trust in the relationship and helps reduce risks for STDs.

• Get tested. If you have never had any sexual contact with another person, there is no risk of getting infected. However, if your new partner has had sex with anyone else, STD screening will let you know whether he or she may have STD.

• Limit your number of partners. If you intend on having sex, have it with just one person. The fewer partners you have, the lesser chances you will get contracted.

• Take advantage of vaccines. An important preventive tool against STDs is vaccination. So far, the vaccines available can protect against hepatitis A and B and HPV. Visit a GP clinic to know more about these anti-STD vaccines.

• Use condoms. Men’s health clinic professionals always remind sexually active men to use condoms as they serve as barrier during intercourse. Condoms are great in preventing most STDs from being passed on from one person to another when used correctly and consistently. And by consistently, we mean correctly using condoms every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.

• Lubricate sufficiently. Along with using condoms, sufficient lubrication should be used during intercourse to avoid abrasions caused by friction. Abrasions and wounds, no matter how small, create a potential place for bacteria and viruses to thrive in the genital area.

• Avoid alcohol and drugs. Avoiding alcohol and drug use significantly shrinks your risk of contracting an infection, being forced to have sex, and unwanted pregnancy. When not intoxicated with alcohol and drugs, we make better decisions. Moreover, intravenous drugs require the use of needle. By sharing needles, it’s possible to spread or contract an infection. If donating blood, make sure that the nurse is using disposable needles and uses proper precaution while drawing blood.

STDs affect both men and women in Singapore. However, some STDs affect women more seriously than men, which means women should be extra careful when it comes to sexual and reproductive health. Good thing there are now tests, treatments, and preventive procedures available in women’s health clinic that are especially tailored to meet women’s reproductive needs against STDs. With the right knowledge and by working with a qualified specialist, you can protect yourself against these potentially fatal infections.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Deploying VoIP Service

Through the years, more and more Singapore establishments are discarding the traditional telephone systems in exchange for VoIP services due to its many benefits. Though there are definitely a lot of benefits to be gained, you should know how to avoid the common pitfalls of VoIP service providers to fully enjoy its advantages. Here are some common mistakes that you should avoid in order not to end up costing more instead of saving money.

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1. Failing to understand the system

Before choosing a provider, make sure you have fully understood how the VoIP system works. Of course, you don’t need to master the whole technology. Learning the basics is enough to help you avoid the common mistakes you could possibly encounter.

2. Choosing a flagship provider

If the provider is new to the industry, it is possible that their first wave of consumers is used as test subjects. This is not to say that all new providers have the same tactic and are poor service providers; however, if you’re considering a newly established VoIP Singapore provider, make sure they know what they’re talking about.

The industry of voice over IP isn’t fully developed yet, therefore, the more you need to be cautious with your choice of service supplier. You don’t want them to just disappear after the installation, or worse, install a complex system that buys you a lot of problems and conflicts.

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3. Choosing a provider that doesn’t consider bandwidth and traffic

Deploying a VoIP service to your system means that your telephone calls will be transmitted over the Internet. Depending upon the type of connection installed, the upload capacity may be limited. If your business requires you to make calls and transmit large amount of data, your bandwidth may not be enough to support your day-to-day operations. The result would be low-quality voice calls and unreliable voice over IP connection.

4. Skipping the network test

Some providers skip the evaluation process of an existing network. Having the network evaluated will determine whether or not your Internet connection is capable of handling a VoIP system. If the provider does not offer a network evaluation, ask them about it. If it seems like they don’t run such test, it would be best to move on to the next provider.

5. Not inquiring about licenses

For residential voice over IP, establishing a connection is very easy. You just have to choose a service provider, pay for it, and download the required software. However, for business purposes, this isn’t the case. Many providers use licensing to lock their clients in. They usually take advantage of the great value of VoIP to conceal the licensing until you sign the contract and get locked in. make sure to find out their licensing policies before signing the dotted line.

We hope that the items mentioned above will help you in your integration of VoIP service to your existing system. The most important point here, in order to enjoy a reliable connection, is to make sure that your VoIP Singapore provider is competent and consistent when it comes to service maintenance and technical support.

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Spotting Signs of Vitamin Deficiency  

Sometimes, we ignore problems and disregard their warning signs. Attending to these signs is most critical when the problems pertain to our health. Be warned: you may be ignoring signs of vitamin deficiency.

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For now, you repel and ignore the signs but it will be back to taunt us. To avoid surprise or shock of your ailments, you need to spot signs of vitamin deficiency. Here are some warning signs of vitamin deficiency:

  • Mysterious fatigue: You made sure to rest the night before (and nights before it) but somehow when you wake up, there is this mysterious and unexplained fatigue. If this feeling persists, it is a sign that you lack iron or copper, zinc, vitamin C, D and B complex and potassium.

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  • Weakness: If you constantly feel your bones aching or your muscles sore, it is a sign that you lack vitamin D. Vitamin D controls calcium which maintains strong bones.
  • Shortness of breath: When you experience shortness of breath even if no significant physical exertion is done, it is a tell-tale sign that you lack vitamin B12 and c.
  • Cracks at the mouth: Mouth problems can reflect riboflavin or iron deficiency.

If you have one or more signs, you should visit your doctor right away. Living and surviving here in Singapore is a struggle. If you do not have enough nutrients in your body, things will be more difficult. With this, there is a need to improve your  diet as soon as possible so you can have the recommended amount of nutrients necessary for bodily function.

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Places to Visit for Affordable Art

Owning an original piece of artwork doesn’t have to expensive. It can be very affordable if you just know where to look. So many people in Singapore, even those who are not so artistically inclined, wish to own at least one original oil painting, but believes they cannot because they assume it’s just far out of their price range.

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However, what these people don’t know is that they can already purchase a one-of-a-kind oil painting by locals for just a fraction of the cost of artworks by world-famous artists. By this, you don’t only acquire an equally beautiful abstract art piece, but support your community as well.

If you don’t know where to start searching, here are some suggestions to start with.

1. Online Shops

Though online like www.vinciarts.com in Singapore may not be the most suitable place to look for original artworks, it can be a good source of information for paintings exhibited in different galleries and museums. Try searching the name of the art gallery you wish to visit and find out whose works are presented as of the moment.

2. Local Art Galleries

Most state, cities, and areas have several art galleries, so try checking out these places first before considering overseas options. If searching for landscape artworks, don’t just limit your options to paintings, but check out other options that incorporate works of crafters and artisans as well. Singapore galleries generally offer a wide selection of artworks and usually display works of several artists at a time.

3. College Art Departments

Colleges that offer art-related courses usually run an art gallery to exhibit works of their students. If they’re not hosting an exhibit as of the moment, they sure know the nearby locations with current displays, so try asking them. Many art teachers are local artists themselves, so colleges can be an interesting spot to pursue.

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4. Frame Shops

Apart from the framing services they offer, some frame shops also offer arts for sale. Depending on the frame sizes they offer, they may only exhibit very limited number of oil painting pieces, or may only showcase the works of one artist at a time. Even if they’re not currently hosting an art exhibit, they can be a good source of information. Frame shops have worked with various local artists and, thus, can give you details about the best places to visit and artists to contact.

5. Art Guilds

Most areas have at least one art guild or co-op, where local artists come together to plan for art-related events like art fairs and festivals. Check out their own art gallery or ask for upcoming art openings. Try searching online or check yellow pages listing to find out what’s available in your locality.

Those mentioned are just a few ideas to consider when searching for contemporary art pieces, so be creative and don’t limit yourself to those places only. Libraries, art and craft festivals, and art boutiques are all excellent avenues to check out. The more local establishments you visit, the better chances you have of discovering original, unique, and affordable works of art created by an artist who could possibly be your neighbor.

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Welcoming the New Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize is a prestigious award given to people for their valuable contribution to the world. Almost all people dream of this one. The Nobel Assembly already announced the winners for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The winners were announced on October 6, 2014.

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The new laureates discovered that the brain have inner GPS. There is a natural positioning system which is in charge of orienting the person of space. This new discovery can help researchers deal with Alzheimer’s disease patients (those suffering from spatial memory loss). The laureates include:

  • Dr. John O’Keefe: O’Keefee is the director of University College London’s Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in Neural Circuits and Behaviour. He identified nerve cells that are capable of creating spatial map.

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  • Dr. May-Brit Moser: Dr. May-Brit Moser is the director of Trondheim’s Centre for Neural Computation.
  • Dr. Edvard Moser: Dr. Edvard Moser is also the director of Trondheim’s Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. Dr. may-Brit and Edvard are a couple. Both identified another cell implicated in navigation.

The three won prize money of $1.1 million. Other awards in Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Peace will be announced at the end of the week. As for the Economics Prize, it will be proclaimed on October 13, 2014. You better watch out.

If you want to give something to the world, it is better to start now. Who knows in the near future you can be a laureate? There are many things that you can contribute for Singapore and the world. You can encourage other Singaporeans to think of a valuable thing for the betterment of the world.

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Considering Cosmetic Surgery

Have you heard about a Korean woman who endured and survived 120 procedures to get her dream face? Yes, 120 procedures and she endured it all for 7 years. This woman is really determined to change her face and perfect it. In a variety show in South Korea, the woman was invited and she revealed the surgeries she went through. She said she had to correct her smile, double her eyelids, perfect her nose and made her face smaller.

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That was a lot of pain but for the sake of beauty, the woman survived and thrived. According to her, the treatment she is receiving now is quite different from before. She also spent thousands for the procedures and she said that it is not enough. You cannot blame the society for creating the ideals of beauty. The good thing is that you can enhance and improve yourself but you have to endure all the pain that goes with it. So, are you ready?

Many people now consider cosmetic surgery to perfect their flaws. It is their choice but they need to know the disadvantage and complications of cosmetic surgery. They need to contemplate hard because this is a life decision and it is crucial. Once you have cosmetic surgery, you cannot undo it. You have to consider the following things when you think about cosmetic surgery:

Complications

It is not a secret that cosmetic surgeries come with complications especially if it is a major one. Complications will include blood clots, infection, bleeding, scarring, tingling, numbness and many more. Cosmetic surgeons will assure you that you will be fine but things happen.

Mental and Emotional Costs

You cannot be fully prepared mentally and emotionally for cosmetic surgery. You may think that you are ready but you find yourself regretting it when it is done. The stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and recovering will surely affect you. The pain and swelling will surely test you and you need to come out of it alive.

Damaging Relationships

You think that cosmetic surgery solves everything but if you look deeper, it will surely damage your relationships. For example, you augmented your breasts and when your parents see you, they are quite adamant about it and it will make you uncomfortable. It will surely disrupt your relationship with them.

The lesson here is to love yourself a little bit more. If you love yourself a little bit more, you will accept what you look and treasure it. You will feel confident if the people around you continually support and love you. You do not need to endure all the pains and troubles just to be beautiful.

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