Thu, 2010-11-04 15:18All men have a prostate gland, it sits just below your bladder and is responsible for making and storing the fluid that goes into semen. To work properly, the prostate needs the effects of testosterone, which is made in the testicles. The gland is about the size of a large walnut, and...Read more
Tue, 2010-11-02 12:35Have you ever wondered why doctors check your blood pressure? Blood pressure (BP) is a measurement of the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats and when it relaxes, so it is written as 2 numbers - a normal BP is 120/80 or less. If your BP is consistently 140/90 or above, this is high...Read more
Thu, 2010-10-07 15:26You might have heard there’s been a bit of talk in the media recently about circumcision preventing HIV. What’s it all about?
Circumcision, the practice of surgically removing part or all of the foreskin, has been around for many thousands of years. No-one is certain how it first...Read more
Thu, 2010-09-23 16:36Our practice is constantly diagnosing new cases of HIV. Disturbingly, in a number of cases, guys in committed relationships are being infected by their partners, who have kept their HIV status secret. If you have HIV, then you need to know that it is against the law to knowingly pass on the virus...Read more
Thu, 2010-09-09 14:28There’s always a new street drug in town. The latest is Meow Meow, it’s also called mephedrone and it’s an amphetamine type substance. It’s supposed to have an effect similar to ecstasy but can also cause hallucinations, paranoia and seizures.
Recently there was a...Read more
Thu, 2010-08-26 12:13It seems every second person has a cough or a cold right now (also described by some, rather cruelly, as “man-flu”). It’s so antisocial, all that nose-blowing and phlegmy coughing. Sometimes these things seem to drag on for weeks, and eventually some people drag themselves...Read more
Thu, 2010-08-12 13:01Snoring - ever been accused of it? Has your partner started wearing earplugs to bed, or even suggested separate rooms because of it? Forced to pay the single supplement on your last holiday because nobody wanted to share with the snorer? Apart from the obvious social difficulties associated with...Read more
Thu, 2010-07-29 15:07Diabetes mellitus was described in ancient times - the words are Greek and literally mean sweet urine. In medieval times doctors would diagnose it by tasting a person’s urine. These days I prefer to order a blood test!
Diabetics have high blood sugar, which can cause thirst and...Read more
Fri, 2010-05-21 10:13By Dr Fiona Bishop
Having HIV means you have to take extra special care of your gums and teeth, as there are increased risks of infection, oral cancer and gum disease.There has been an increase in oral cancers in general amongst young people, this is due to the prevalence of HPV (papilloma or wart...Read more
Mon, 2010-05-10 12:14By Dr. Fiona Bisshop
Once known as “manic depression”, bipolar disorder is a common and serious condition. The key features are that the sufferer experiences periods of severe depression, alternating with periods of mania or hypomania.
During periods of mania, the person...Read more