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The Singapore Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections (or DSC) released their 2018 statistics on sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) in Singapore. Like most developed countries, chlamydia has remained the most common STI in Singapore, with the number of newly diagnosed cases of 2,719 in 2018 alone. Gonorrhoea, followed by syphilis are the second and third most common STDs respectively.

The highest proportion of STDs occur among people between 20-29 years of age (over 40%).

It was highlighted that the proportion of 10-19-year-olds with STDs had been increasing between 2014-2016. This has remained largely unchanged and continues to be a problem in Singapore. Sex education in schools and at home should be encouraged.

It is possible and not uncommon for a person to be infected with more than one STD. Hence, it is always important to be tested for other STDs if you have already been diagnosed with one.

Moreover, some STDs may have no symptoms, or infections may linger in the body for weeks or months before symptoms develop.

Regardless, early treatment of an STI is the key to preventing transmission to others; early treatment also prevents complications from developing.

Be responsible. If you are in a new sexual relationship, or have had casual sex, you should screen for STD. Persuade your partners to be screened as well.

Stop the spread of STDs/STIs.

Get tested today. There are sensitive and accurate tests.

STDs may be treated effectively. If you suspect you may have an STD, consult our doctors immediately.

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