Entries by Dr Chester Lan

What is Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea or Super Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually-transmitted infection caused by the bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.  Antibiotic-resistant Gonorrhea refers to strains of Gonorrhea that are not killed by antibiotics that were previously effective in killing off these bacteria.  In the 1980s, penicillins and tetracyclines could kill off Gonorrhea. By the 1990s, these drugs were no longer effective and Fluoroquinolones […]

Movember: Testicular Cancer

Testicular Cancer & Self-Examination It is November this month, which is also the month of Movember! Movember is an annual event which to most people, involves the growing of moustaches and beards. But the true meaning behind Movember is to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.  In the same vein, […]

How to Perform Testicular Self Exam

There are doctors that recommend all men examine their testicles monthly after puberty, but because testicular self-exams have not been studied enough to know if they reduce the death rates from testicular cancer, no clear guidelines exist on whether or not they should be recommended to everyone. Each man has to decide for himself if […]

Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV )

  What is Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)? Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is an uncommon sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by Chlamydia trachomatis.  It is rare in industrialized countries. LGV is more commonly seen in third-world countries, including certain areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, India, the Caribbean, and South America. However, in recent times, more cases of LGV […]

Saxenda Weight Loss

What is Saxenda? Saxenda is the brand name for a prescription-only, injectable medication known as Liraglutide. It is a medication approved for weight management as an adjunct to diet and exercise. Liraglutide belongs to a group of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 receptor agonist), also known as incretin mimetics. Saxenda is very […]

Ultra-Processed Food & Your Health

In May 2019, a small randomized controlled study by the US National Institutes of Health just showed that people eating a diet of ultra-processed food consumed more calories and gained more weight than those on a minimally-processed diet, despite meals being matched. In the study, 20 inpatient adults underwent two diet phases. In the first […]

Is HPV Vaccine Necessary for Males?

HPV is a virus that can infect both males and females of all ages. HPV infections may lead to diseases such as skin warts, genital warts, vaginal/vulvar cancers, cervical cancer, penile cancer and anal cancer. There are hundreds of subtypes of HPVs, with about 40 known to affect the genital area. Of these, there are […]

What are the Causes of Hair Fall

Look around you in a busy place. Do you see a middle-aged or older gentleman who is balding? Chances are you probably will. Hair loss is something that affects a significant proportion of men as they age. What are the Statistics for Hair Loss? Statistics vary from country to country, but the American Hair Loss […]

HIV Singapore 2019

In June 2019, the Ministry of Health (MOH) released an update on the HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) situation in Singapore 2018. Here are the salient statistics and a short commentary for each. There were 313 new cases of HIV infections reported among Singapore residents in 2018 There were 8,295 HIV-infected Singapore residents […]

Sexually Transmitted Infections: More Than 1 Million New Cases Every Single Day

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report in June 2019 stating that every single day, there are more than 1 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15-49 years. These are just from 4 infections – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis. This amounts to more than 376 million new […]