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Online Medical Services - Friend or Foe?

Going to a medical clinic online can be a daunting task. We have all read scary articles on individuals using an unregulated provider and ending up with terrible consequences. However, there are many reasons an online service can be advantageous as well. In this article we weigh the pitfalls against the advantages of using an online service.


Online clinics are not new phenomena. In fact, one of the most renowned clinics has been operating since 2003. Initially, it was set up for individuals who required treatments for concerns that could cause embarrassment – such as erectile dysfunction. However, it soon became evident that individuals who had mobility issues, who lived in isolated parts of the country and those who had hectic lives could also benefit from online clinics. As a result, many clinics started to treat obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol. Read More...

Early Diagnosis Necessary for HIV Treatment

The UNAIDS and Lancet AID Report

AIDS has been one of the most deadly diseases in the world and the humans have waged a mighty battle against AIDS for a long time now. The disease’s main weapon is the HIV infection which can be transferred from one person to another in a number of different manners. While there has been some success in reducing the number of people who get HIV infected in recent years, the UNAIDS and Lancet report warns that in case the efforts are not increased and doubled within the next five years, it would become very difficult to tame the beast known as HIV. 

The report, while confessing that the rate of HIV infections has been dropping in the past few years, says that the rate isn’t dropping or reducing fast enough. As the population grows, the number of HIV infected people would grow in the world and the report suspects that if the next five years fail to appropriately reduce the rate of HIV infections then the dream of partial or total elimination of the infection would become impossible by 2030. 

The report recommends an increase in international funding for third world countries as well as doubled efforts by mid income countries to control HIV infections in these regions. From increasing awareness about HIV and AIDS to providing access to testing and treatment to people remains necessary and this can only be achieved with mass funding. Without greater access to testing, not enough HIV infections would get diagnosed while without access to retroviral treatments, HIV patients would never be able to recover and would remain dangerous for everyone around them. However, if the world reacts to the findings of the report, there can be hope that the menace that is HIV will be gone for good by 2030 at the earliest.  Read More...

Sexual Health App Launched

Sexual Health App Launched

Our sexual health has a big role to play in our overall health and only if we are sexually satisfied and healthy, we can concentrate on other facets of life with maturity and wisdom. People who don’t enjoy sexual health or don’t attach much importance to it find it tough to enjoy success in other areas of their lives too because sexual health has as important a role in the lives of human beings as body fitness and peace of mind. 

Your sexual health is not just defined by your sexual activity but also by whom you discuss your sexual activities with and how confident you are of the sexual choices you make. You can consider yourself sexually healthy when you make wise choices when having sex (protected sex unless you want to conceive, birth control pills etc) and when you know your body’s sexual cycle very well too (periods for females). 

It is important for everyone to be very considerate about their sexual health especially seeing the rise of STIs like gonorrhoea and problems related to fertility growing as a result of their prolonged presence in the body of both males and females. However, keeping track of everything is tough and this is why a new sexual health app by the name of Ruby has been creating a lot of buzz.  Read More...

Gardnerella and Ureaplasma Implicated in Preterm Births

Microorganisms in our bodies

Since you were little, you were told that microbes are bad and make you sick. Your parents told you to wash your hands, to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and not to eat food from the ground. All these measures and many more that are now part of our everyday behaviour are meant to prevent microbes from getting into our system. 

It is true that many diseases are caused by germs, such as bacteria and viruses. However, it is a myth that all bacteria cause diseases. As a matter of fact, right now there are millions of microorganisms in your very body, just hanging out there, doing no harm; or even, helping your organs function. In example, some of the bacteria that live inside your intestines help you digest your food.  Read More...

Mycoplasma Genitalium Study Published

The STD that you have never heard of

We are all familiar with chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis and many other sexual transmitted diseases (STD) and sexual transmitted infections (STI); however, there is one STD that you may have never heard of. A disease that was originally discovered in the 1980s but not fully defined yet. Researchers have done many tests since the discovery of this bacteria and have found quite some interesting information on this “new” infection. It is an infection that often does not show any symptoms and is quite similar to chlamydia and gonorrhea if the infected person does experience symptoms. One hundred thousand is the number of possible infected in the UK alone, so what is this “new” infection exactly? 

A bacterial species that can cause Urethritis 

Mycoplasma Genitalium is the new STI. it is a bacteria that transmits itself from one person to another through sexual intercourse. It affects the genital tracts and results in urinary and pelvic pains in both women and men as well as post-coital bleeding in women. Although researchers are yet to define a lot of components of this disease, certain things are clear. An extensive study was conducted between 2010 and 2012 by analyzing urine samples of people aged between 16 – 44 years old. This was done in combination with questionnaires that needed to be answered by those involved in the trial in which they needed to answer questions pertaining to their sexual behavior and their current and past experience with STI’s. Read More...

Approach to Treating Chest Infections

What are chest infections?

Chest infecctions occur when a germ - it might be a virus or bacterium - gets inside your airways. The type of infection depends of the sort of germ that causes is, as well as the area that becomes affected. Chest infections are easily transmitted, especially in closed and/or crowded environments. Every time an infected person coughs or sneezes, they expel tiny drops of mucus or saliva with the virus. Whoever breathes or comes in contact with those germs may potentially become sick too. 

Good news is that most chest infections are mild and get better by themselves in a matter of days. Only at the third week of non-stop symptoms it is advised to consult a GP if you don't have any special risk factors. Common symptoms of chest infections include: Read More...

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