8 Mistakes That Can Affect Your HIV Treatment

With the recent advances in the HIV testing and treatment, persons diagnosed with the disease now have the reason to be more hopeful with their future. Surely, treating the virus will still be challenging, and there are several factors to be considered to maintain a good health. Still, by properly caring for yourself and getting the right medical care for your needs, you’ll surely be able to live the life you want. So don’t let following HIV treatment mistakes get in your way. Learn about them, as well as the ways on how you can completely avoid them.

1. Not Asking for Medical Care from an HIV Specialist

Health experts trained in infectious diseases such as HIV know their field well. Not only are they up-to-date on research, they’re also well-suited to track any changes and address concerns that may cause problems with your treatment plan. Even after confirming their illness through HIV testing, most people still don’t seek anonymous hiv tests from Singapore HIV specialists due to concerns about ability to pay or the worry that there may not be an effective treatment available. However, HIV support programs are available in every state of Singapore to ensure that the affected individuals receive effective treatment regardless of their capacity to pay.

2. Not Following Your Prescribed HIV Treatment Plan

Taking medicines on a daily basis is difficult, but regular medication intake is crucial in HIV care than in most health conditions. Ingesting medicines 90 percent of the time is essential for preventing drug resistance and treatment failure. Drug side effects, costs and depression are just some of the reason you may be tempted to stop following your treatment plan. If you ever encounter any of these difficulties, then consider reaching out to your doctor or a social worker. There are some proven programs that may help you stay on track with regards your treatment plan.

3. Forgetting to Take Your Medications

After getting the results of your HIV screening, it’s crucial that you take all doses of your medicines to maintain a low HIV viral load. Skipping a dose of it will only give the virus a chance to multiply throughout your body, enabling it to mutate to a drug resistant virus. When that occurs, your medication may no longer be effective against the disease. Using calendars, pillboxes, and mobile applications is a good way to remind you of your medication schedule. Having a relative or a friend help you monitor your medicine intake will be beneficial as well.

4. Failing to Inform Your Doctor About Treatment Challenges

Your doctor is always there to address your concerns and respond to your queries. If you experience challenges with your HIV treatment plan, whether it’s related with medication cost, schedule, or side effects, or you emotional state of mind, they are the people you may talk to and help you succeed. You may even ask your doctor to refer you to a social worker, or a medical centre in your area in Singapore capable of giving you the medical services you need.

5. Not Notifying your Doctor about Your HIV Symptoms

If your HIV symptoms flare, it simply means that your treatment plan isn’t working effectively. This is the reason why it’s crucial to let your doctor know about it so he or she can test your viral load and adjust your treatment plan accordingly. The virus is capable of mutating inside your body and become drug resistant over time, but don’t let this discourage you as there are other medication options available to treat HIV.

6. Taking Particular Dietary Supplements

Your HIV treatment regimen is composed of several medications that support one another – but adding a dietary supplement into this mix may cause some problems. For instance, using St. John’s wort while taking HIV medications may cause the latter to be less effective, and increase your risk of developing drug resistance. So before you consider taking any dietary supplement, do consult your doctor first to ensure that there are no risks for adverse interactions in your medicines.

7. Not Regularly Visiting Your Dentist

Getting a positive anonymous HIV test puts you at a greater risk for advanced tooth and gum disease. If your immune system is compromised due to an oral infection, it may lead to other health problems. So practise good oral hygiene on a daily basis by flossing and brushing, and do visit your dentist every six months. Remember that having a good dental care promotes a good overall health.

8. Using Drugs or Alcohol

Drinking alcohol in excess weakens the immune system, and a weakened immune system often have a harder time fending off infections. Aside from that, it also increases your risk of experiencing side effects from the medications. Smoking marijuana irritates the lungs, making you more susceptible to infections like pneumonia.

Alcohol and drugs affect the liver the most since it’s the clearinghouse of all the chemical wastes in your body including prescription medications and recreational drugs. Overworking your liver through excessive drug and alcohol use will only cause it to function ineffectively and may even leave you feeling weak.

Living with HIV can be very challenging, but by undergoing proper treatment you’ll definitely be able to maintain your health and live a long, productive life. So don’t let the aforementioned mistakes get in the way of your successful HIV treatment.

Fashion Resolutions You Should Make in 2017

 

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s also the time you start making those resolutions that you might or might not stick to. Fashion-wise though, we got you covered. Here, we listed down five doable deeds you can consider for your sartorial well-being. After all, a New Year means a fresh start and your wardrobe isn’t exempted from that.

  1. Swap Your Skinny Jeans for Denim Pants

Believe us, we understand the appeal of figure-flattering skinny jeans, but maybe it’s time that you give your own pair of skinny jeans a break. There are tons of on-trend denim options available out there, just waiting to be explored. We recommend keeping a 70s wide-leg silhouette, a classic straight-cut denim or a chic cropped flare in your wardrobe.

  1. Master the Art of Layering

It’s completely possible to pull-off a layered ensemble even if you live in a country with a tropical climate like Singapore. You can simply tuck your lace blouse under your favourite romper, throw your sleeveless coat over your off-shoulder top, or layer a sheer t-shirt dress over a pleated midi. Make the most out of your clothing pieces by wearing them under or over each other.

  1. Wear More Colour

If you also love wearing clothing pieces set in black, grey and white colour, why not consider mixing a hint of colour into your wardrobe in 2017. It’s a resolution that we’re even willing to take on, so be sure to add a hint of pink, green or red to your ensemble next year.

  1. Invest in Timeless Clothing Pieces

Instead of purchasing trendy items, invest in clothing pieces that you’ll wear until you’re old, and subsequently pass down to your children. Some of the good suggestions include the Cartier Love bracelet, a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag and a pair of black Louboutin pumps. You definitely won’t regret investing in these classic pieces.

  1. Start Showing Off Some Skin

This doesn’t mean that you should bare it all – there are classy and stylish ways on how you can show some skin. For instance, you can wear a one-shoulder clothing piece or a back-baring top. You could even completely cover up your body, but in a peek-a-boo and suggestive sheer. In fact, even a long-sleeved, high-necked dress can ooze some innuendo if done using a body-skimming fabric.

Staying stylish throughout the years is actually quite easy if you just know what fashion tricks to dump and to follow. To be sure that your 2017 becomes as fashionable as your 2016, ensure that you include the aforementioned deeds to your New Year’s resolution.

How to Cope With Difficult Relatives This Holiday Season

 

We all have that one relative who makes us cringe during holiday get-togethers – that the thought that they won’t make it to your reunion is so relieving you could throw a party. Yet, being around difficult relatives actually help us learn more about ourselves, and we’re just willing to learn from these people, they could help us become better and more mature individuals. To help make this process a bit easier for you, we listed down some helpful tips on how you can deal with that one family member that you’d rather not see on the holiday dinner this year.

  1. Identify What Makes Them Annoying

Is your relative a bully, devious or pompous? Perhaps he or she has a personality problem. But whatever the problem is, make sure that you identify and label it. Although it’s never a good idea to box people into categories, labelling the problem with your relative could help you see their behaviour more objectively, and create a healthy distance between you and that person. Just make sure that you wouldn’t mindlessly share this label with that person or you’ll end up experiencing a full-force blow out.

  1. Know Their Background

Taking an emphatic stance is another way of minimizing your negative attitude towards a difficult relative. Do you know why he became difficult? Perhaps he experienced a challenging childhood; maybe they felt misunderstood and coped through lashing out. Whatever the reason is, knowing a little bit about them will certainly shed some light as to why he behaves that way, making him actions more tolerable.

  1. Invite a Close Friend

Bracing yourself for an intense exchange with a difficult relative? If so, invite a friend who understands your situation. If your friend can’t support you in person, then call him or her instead. When the tension starts running high, having someone who you can bounce your feelings off can help in easing your negativity and making you feel more equipped to handle any drama.

  1. Laugh It Off

Use your humour to handle difficult relatives who would otherwise have you wanting to throw down. Some psychologists even recommend using silent humour so you can avoid internalizing the negative comments that your difficult relatives are saying. For instance, if your cousin is known for undercutting you, pretend that he’s a stranger who just found his way to your get-together. It can be difficult to feel irritated when you throw humour in the mix; plus, it’ll give your difficult relative less control over your actions.

It’s still possible to enjoy your family gathering even if you’re interacting with a difficult relative. Simply putting these tips to work will surely help you deal with that person, while enjoying the holiday season with the rest of your family.

Should you hire Builders for Your Home Remodelling Project or do it on Your Own?

 

Why should you hire professional builders for your home remodelling project? There’s nothing wrong taking on construction projects on your own, but that is, if you believe you have the skills and the necessary experience. There are homeowners who, in hopes of saving money, regret remodelling their home on their own as they only ended up spending more. Even if you’re only tackling small projects inside your home, you still would enjoy several benefits from working with licensed builders. Here are a few of them.

Technical expertise. No matter how familiar you are with your own home, you will find corners or areas that would require handling by professionals. Whatever issues you encounter along the way, from plumbing to electrical wiring, they have someone on the team who can take care of that. You get to avoid costly mistakes because people working on your home know exactly what they’re doing. You avoid guessing, and you only purchase materials that are required for the job. You need not even provide for the equipment because they have it already. You can trust that the project will be handed to you with top-notch quality.

 

Saving time. If you are to work on the construction project yourself, you will have to spend a lot of time, from looking into the tiniest of details to studying the bigger picture. You need to think carefully which materials to invest in, along with the impact of any installation, you’re looking to do with the overall home structure or mechanical and electrical system. These areas shouldn’t be rushed because safety is at risk. You might need to take days off work or any other commitments you may have. Skilled builders, on the other hand, will know exactly how to approach and solve the problem they’d encounter. You no longer have to find the solution yourself. They have your back covered.

Working around limitations. Professional builders will help you find ways on how you can achieve the final results you want, within the price you can only afford. They can offer suggestions that have worked with other clients with concerns similar to yours. You can maximise the available space and make sure that every corner of your home has both beauty and functionality.

 

Home remodelling projects can be expensive depending on the changes or improvements you need done. You’d want to make sure that you will no longer have to deal with repairs once the project has already been handed over to you. Only professional builders would be able to guarantee you a home remodelling project is done right, the first time.

Hairstyles That Will Make You Look Slimmer

 

You are trying to figure out which hairstyle fits your ultimate goal – to look slimmer. You scoured the magazines and still to no avail. The good news is that there are hairstyles that will make you look slimmer. Here are some hairstyles that can guarantee you will look awesomely slim:

  1. Asymmetrical bob: In asymmetrical bob, imagine a shorter back and longer front. It should begin around the nape of your neck at the back and finishes 2 inches below your chin. The perfect epitome of this hairstyle is Victoria Beckham. This hairstyle is perfect for people who are thinking of maintaining hair easily. It can elongate your neck.

 

  1. Layers: You have been living with a uniform length of hair. While there is nothing wrong with that, it can make your face look fuller. The best thing to do is to put some layers to soften your face’s roundness. Particularly ask for layers near your cheekbones as it will focus on your bone structure. If you have problems with thinning, the best hairstyle is to add more layers at the top of the head.

 

  1. Long shag: If you are round faced, the ideal hairstyle is shoulder length or maybe longer. The highlight here is your bangs. The bangs should be side swept.

  1. Parting: Another hairstyle for round faced to look slimmer is diagonal side parting. This will surely emphasize your cheekbones. The trick is to make it look like your face is long so try parting it on the opposite side of your usual part.

 

  1. Highlights: Your highlights can also help you look younger and slimmer. Do not opt for dark colours instead consider subtle or light ones.

Additional guidelines: For heart-shaped people, do not consider center parting because it will only make your face rounder. You should keep in mind that when the haircut finishes straight at your chin, your face will surely look wider and shorter. Always consider haircut that is little longer or shorter if you prefer.

So the next time you go to a salon, make sure to instruct the stylist of a particular hairstyle. It helps to look good here in Singapore and there is nothing wrong with that. If you feel confident and happy with a specific hairstyle even if it does not make you look slimmer, you should pursue it.

Oh, do not forget to look for vertical designs in clothing. Your clothing can also have an effect on how you look.

Exercises for Inner Calmness

 

Working here in Singapore is hectic and stressful especially if you are new in the industry. The good news is that it will get easier as you go along armed with the knowledge and understanding of inner calmness. Your ultimate goal amidst chaos should be inner calmness. If you mastered inner calmness, nothing or no one can bring you down. Remember that.

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You should begin with some easy exercises. What are some exercises that invite inner calmness? Here are some examples that might interest you:

Yoga – If you have the time, yoga should be practiced as it can teach you a lot of things but basically all about meditation and focus. If you do not have time, the least that you can do is practice the vipariti kirani yoga. This is a pose wherein you lie on the floor and then putting your feet against the wall. This pose will give you a good stretch.

Run – Many Singaporeans attest to the effectiveness of running when you feel stressed and anxious. However not all people have the time to do this. If you cannot run outside, the least that you can do is to run in place. Running in place for minutes will help the body pump endorphins. Endorphins can help you during your low times.

Stretch – You did not notice until your back ached – you had been working nonstop. Staying in one position for a long time will tense the muscles which is not good. You should at least stand up and do stretching. The stretching should be done many times as it can relieve tension of the muscle and invite relaxation.

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Quick walk – There are times that you just want to walk away with everything and just see where it ends. That is not a good thing to do. You can decide to walk away in just a split second but the impact will surely last a lifetime. Do yourself a favor by taking a quick walk outside the office. Taking a quick walk away from the source or trigger of your stress can help clear your mind and ease tension. Strolling or quick walk can give you time to gather all your thoughts.

Dance – You may not be a good dancer but dancing actually can help ease the anxiety or stress you are feeling. Just do not mind the step and let yourself be carried away with the music.

When things get messy that you do not invite inner calmness at all, it is time that you face the trigger or the source.

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The Ill Effects of Bad Posture on Your Mind and Body

 

For developed countries like Singapore, most people spend all their waking hours glued in a chair. There is nothing wrong with that but you have to be conscious of your posture because it can make a difference at the end of the day. Bad posture is actually the problem of many here and it can lead to physical and mental health complications.

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Remember that your body is created to move and not to sit in the chair for more than eight hours every day. If you are conscious about good posture then you are already living a happy and healthy life. However if you have bad posture, it can pose health and mental risk on you. Over time, bad posture will become a habit and it will then lead to headaches, fatigue and pain.

Here are the ill effects of bad posture on your mind and body:

Exacerbates stress and depression

You do not know it but when you slouch, your body actually tries to constrict and compress. If this is the case, the lungs and heart are forced to work twice to pump blood thereby slowly circulating the oxygen. This is enough to cause stress especially in your muscles and internal organs.

There was a study commissioned by San Francisco State University. The researchers asked student responders to walk in a slouched position. The students who walked in that way experienced decreased levels of energy. When the body is seated for a long time, the internal processes will slow down and as an outcome, the energy levels decrease.

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Leads to poor breathing

Remember that the lungs will function well if the diaphragm and rib cage expand properly. Poor posture can actually restrict the blood and more importantly, oxygen flow. If you are engaged in different outdoor activities, you have to make sure that you have good posture because it is during this time that the body needs more oxygen.

Back, neck and shoulder pain

When you have bad posture, the most common effect include back ,neck and shoulder pain. In most cases, the common pain areas include wrist, shoulder, neck and lower back.

By knowing these, you will gradually change your posture and finally realize why your mother was constantly bugging you about posture back then. If you have questions about it, you can always seek for the help of your doctor. The trick here is never under estimate it or ignore it. Avoid more pain starting now.

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Monsoon Make-Up: Practical Make-Up for the Rainy Season

 

After a long and torturous hot season, the rain season has returned. But as welcome as the cool weather may be, it isn’t very good for keeping our make-up on fleek since a lot of make-up doesn’t sit well on the skin when wet. So, unless you’re going for a ‘melted make-up’ look, here are six of our favourite make-up techniques to keep your make-up in place even on wet days.

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  1. Primer

A good primer will hold everything you applied to your face in place. It will keep your make-up intact and ensure it will last the entire day, whether it’s going to rain or shine. If you have oily skin, get a matte primer. For dry skin, we suggest getting a moisturizing one.

  1. Tinted Moisturizer

When dealing with rain, you have to go as natural as possible to avoid smudges and meltdowns. One of the best products to have is tinted moisturizer. Just a thin coat of tinted moisturizer will last you longer than any foundation, especially if you’re out in the rain.

  1. Waterproof Mascara

When it comes to rain and mascara, we all know that waterproof is the way to go. After all, you don’t want to have “racoon eyes” after a drizzle, do you? To keep your lashes in place, make sure to check the tube and see that it’s labelled waterproof before leaving home.

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  1. Cream Blush

We all love our powder blush for neutral and windy days, but not when it’s raining. When you think it’s going to rain later in the day, pick something that’s going to show some colour and stick to your skin. That’s what cream blushes do. Pop some on your cheeks before putting on your tinted moisturizer for a more natural look.

  1. Lip Stain

Lipstick are great, but may not withstand the moisture of the rain. To make sure your lip colour won’t smudge and budge when it rains, wear lip stains instead. This product doesn’t move when applied on the lips and usually lasts much longer than regular lipstick.

  1. Moisturizing Mask

This last one isn’t technically a make-up, but it helps make-up apply smoothly if you have well-conditioned skin. Since the rain season has the tendency to dry the skin out, replenish the moisture by applying a moisturizing mask the night before. You don’t want your make-up to look patchy and uneven, so make sure to hydrate your skin well.

There you have it! Our top six favourite make up. Now that you know what products to use and the necessary know-how about them, you can step out into the rain fearlessly—and gorgeously!

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5 Things Fast Food Chains Don’t Want You to Know

 

Nowadays, fast food is the preferred choice, but how safe it is? Sometimes, the industry cut corners to make easy money, and one of those corners is your health. So, before you order your next cheeseburger and fries, here are some fast food facts that you ought to know.

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  1. Fast food is meant to be eaten fast

It takes 20 minutes for your body to realize that you are already full. So the faster you eat your food, the more food you will buy and eat, because your body doesn’t know yet that you’re stuffed.

  1. Your iced drink is as contaminated as a toilet

Soda machines are particularly complicated to clean—if they are even cleaned. That’s why many restaurants clean them once in a blue moon, allowing bacteria and moulds to form. In a study, results show that 70% of the time, sodas from fast food chains is dirtier than toilets. There are also studies that a drink from a soda machine tested positive for E. coli, a bacteria usually found in human waste.

  1. There’s no actual grilling

Don’t be fooled by the grill marks found on fast food burgers and chicken slabs. They were purposely marked to make you believe that the food was licked by flames, though the truth is that they were not. The marks were painted with edible dyes or were stamped at the food factory, and then char and smoke flavourings are added to make the illusion more realistic.

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  1. Fast foods look good for long

In a study, a photographer stored a McDonald’s fries and burger in a jar. A couple of months later, the fries and burger still looked edible, while the fries from KFC stored on the same day were already coated with moulds. This is because most fast food chains use a lot of sodium propionate to keep bacteria and mould off the food.

  1. There’s more in your salad than what you can see

Nowadays, fast food restaurants offer salads. But that doesn’t mean you can name every single ingredient that you can see in it. Did you see propylene glycol in there? Many chains dust their greens with such chemical to keep the greens crisp. The chemical is considered edible—and can also be found in anti-freeze additives and sexual lubricants.

As you can see, fast food chains aren’t as transparent as you think they are. While this may not be the case for all fast food restaurants in Singapore, these five points were reported too often. Do your research and be more observant next time and you might be surprised of the things you’ll learn.

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Fancy A Dinner in the Sky?

 

We constantly seek for new experiences to feel alive and that is good. If we do not seek anything worth living, then we are like a broken-winged bird. You should have a list of the things that you want to experience so you can look forward to the future with enthusiasm and excitement.

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If you are a foodie, your bucket list of experiences would probably revolve around food tasting not just here in Singapore but around the world. Finding gastronomic delights is a fun experience. In this case, do you fancy a dinner in the sky? Yes, the sky – a first in South East Asia.

Enjoying a four-course meal is something but eating 150 feet off the ground is remarkable. If you want to try eating dinner in the sky while strapped unto seats and enjoying surreal sights, it is time that you head to Malaysia. Malaysia is near so you do not need to spend on flights and accommodations.

Here are the things that you should know about the Dinner in the Sky Malaysia experience:

  • What does it cover? For this particular experience, the guest is entitled to an admission to the welcome lounge, a set on the table, a four-course dinner, water and juices.

 

  • Where can you purchase tickets? Please be guided that no agency has the right to sell tickets. Tickets are only sold online. If you want to book, go to their website.

 

  • Who are welcome? People who are above 18 years old, at least 145 cm in height and not more than 150 kg are free to join. Guests should also be in good health. The organizers are discouraging people with heart conditions, pregnant, back and neck problems, recent surgery, broken bones and high blood pressure.

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  • How many people can be accommodated? For one session, the maximum seating capacity is good for 22 people.

 

  • How long will it last? The dinner will include a dessert package. The experience will take at least an hour. Guests are advised to come early and get prepared. Guests can prepare at the lounge area.

 

  • What will happen if restroom is needed? Organizers are recommending the guests to use the restroom prior to the “lift”. However if there is really a need to use the restroom, table can be lowered and the other guests need to wait.

 

  • What are the dinner schedules? There are two sessions daily – 7PM and 8:30 PM. There is no switching of tickets once you bought it and if you are late, note that your seat will be forfeited not to mention seats are non-refundable.

This out of the world experience costs RM599 per head or about $203. However before heading there, you should at least book so you have sure seats.

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