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Good evening, thanks for writing in, You are certainly not the first National Serviceman to ask me this question. Do not worry, if you test positive for HIV during your ORD FFI, you will not be charged or sent to DB. For more information, please click on the link provided. http://pozboysg.tumblr.com/post/37976258268/hi-is-it-an-offence-to-get-std-when-your-in-ns-and
I hope you don’t test positive though, please keep your spirits up. Stay Safe.
Hello there, I am going to assume that you’re the same person asking me the same question on Formspring but for the benefit of readers on Tumblr and Twitter, I will go through it once more. It is not an offence to get infected with a Sexually Transmitted Infection whilst serving the nation as a National Serviceman.
This is in the event of you getting infected with a non-HIV STI. You should head to is to head back to the DSC Clinic during normal working hours and proceed with registration. The DSC Clinic is affiliated to the Ministry of Health and its considered a specialised polyclinic so you will be given subsidies and such. Furthermore, as a current NSman carrying an SAF 11B (or any other SPF NSF or SCDF NSF equivalent), medical treatment will be free of charge. If you are going for an HIV test however, normal clinic charges do apply.
With regard to your question on whether visiting the DSC Clinic would have any adverse effect on your future work and university applications, do not worry. Medical records are strictly confidential and will not be released to schools and private companies and you can be assured of your privacy.
As for the issue of testing positive for HIV, once an NSMan tests positive for HIV, his CDC doctor (after being referred here by the DSC Clinic doctor) will provide him a form and he/she will ask the patient if he would like to inform MINDEF on his newly diagnosed HIV status. That would automatically be a PES downgrade to F but I speak from my own experience with information from 2009 (things might have changed especially when its now 2012), so I advise you to speak to your doctor and discuss this issue with him/her.
This is IF you test positive for HIV. I hope and pray that you will still remain negative. Do not worry too much. Its good manners/practice and very responsible to get tested for ALL STDs (not just HIV) regularly if one is sexually active. This way, you can always sleep well knowing you are safe, and can protect others, if you are positive. Let’s all be responsible individuals. Stay safe!
Anonymous Asked: ”Is it an offence in National Service to be tested positive for any STD/STI or HIV?”
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Today in cats rule and dogs drool news:In a discovery that could make even a dog person consider crossing the aisle, scientists have found that cats may hold the key to an effective AIDS vaccine.
A professor at UF College of Veterinary Medicine said, “We have found that certain peptides of the feline AIDS virus can work exceptionally well at producing human T-cells that fight against HIV.”
The viruses that infect cats are different than the ones that infect humans, but they share similarities. Humans cannot contract FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), but due to it having similar properties to HIV, parts of FIV stimulate the human immune system effectively against HIV infections.
Awesome cover/remake of Beyonce’s Grown Woman by Todrick Hall!
GC is a 32 year old Singaporean male who has been living with HIV for the last three years, having been diagnosed positive for HIV aged 29. He is born and bred in Singapore and works in a local institution in medical research. I am honoured to tell you GC’s story, after discovering through my…
Hi there, you can obtain HIV Post-Exposure Prophylactic (PrEP) meds from all hospitals in Singapore. If you have been exposed to the virus within 24 hours (12 is best), you have to visit any hospital’s Accident & Emergency. Walk in fees woult be $80, and PrEP would cost between $400-$850 (just a rough estimate). Hope I’ve answered your question.
Anonymous Person asked: “Where can I get PrEP/PEP in Singapore?
Hello everyone, I’m back with another story for the It Gets Better Project! After being very involved in the previous General Elections of Malaysia, I have come to realise that since, Malaysia, our former sibling, shares a similar culture & patois (even family, for some of us) with us…
Read @milopozo’s Story as a Malaysian guy living with HIV.