Entries by Dr Grace Huang

Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Risks, Symptoms & Treatment

What is Cytomegalovirus? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an extremely common virus which is part of the herpesvirus family. There are various different strains of CMV. CMV infection seldom causes any symptoms in healthy individuals. Infected individuals carry the virus lifelong but it remains suppressed by the immune system in healthy individuals and they have no long term […]

Everything You Need to Know About Molluscum Contagiosum

What is molluscum contagiosum? Molluscum contagiosum is a fairly common skin infection or condition caused by a virus called Molluscum contagiosum, a type of poxvirus. It manifests as raised, pearly, flesh or skin coloured bumps which may sometimes have a central dimple (known as “central umbilication”).   How does molluscum contagiosum spread? Molluscum contagiosum is spread […]

What YOU Need To Know About Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C? “Hepatitis” means liver inflammation. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, a highly infectious, bloodborne virus. It can cause both acute (short term) and chronic (long term, persistent) liver inflammation which can range from very mild with no symptoms to severe and life/organ threatening.  The World […]

Vaginismus Video – Cause, Symptom & Treatment

Vaginismus is a condition where a woman experiences discomfort, burning and pain during attempted penetration of the vagina, often leading to a difficulty in having sexual intercourse. What is the Cause of Vaginismus? In vaginismus, any attempt at penetration causes involuntary tensing of the pelvic muscles, specifically, the pubococcygeus muscle, as well as painful muscle […]

Chlamydia Symptoms & Treatment

What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections worldwide. It is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. According to the US Centers for Diseases Control (CDC), Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the US, with 2.86 million infections reported every year. Who is at risk […]

Trichomoniasis in Men and Women – Sexually Transmitted Infection

What is Trichomoniasis? Trichomoniasis (also known as “trich”)  is a very common sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite (a single-celled protozoan organism) called Trichomonas vaginalis. The US Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) estimates that about 3.7million people in the US have this infection. Both men and women can be infected with trichomoniasis, although it […]

Monkeypox – What You Need to Know

What is Monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare virus that is typically transmitted from animals to humans. Documented human infections occurred mostly in areas of Central and West Africa near rainforests. Human cases outside of Africa are extremely rare. The Monkeypox virus is very similar to the human smallpox virus but causes less severe symptoms. What […]

Vaginal Douching – To Douche or Not to Douche?

What is Vaginal Douching? Vaginal douching is the practice of washing the vaginal canal with fluid – this may come in the form of a bottle or bag of water or various over-the-counter or self-concocted mixtures of fluid- which is squirted up into the vaginal canal. The fluid then comes back out of the vaginal […]