The Keepers of Endlessness

  “The oceans never stop. They know no beginning or end. The wind never finishes. Sometimes it disappears, but only to gather momentum from somewhere else, returning to fling itself at the island, to make a point which is lost on Tom.” ― M.L. Stedman   Endless is the sky over my balcony when the neighbours... Continue Reading →

Avoiding Bitter Seeds of Stolen Fruits

“Prevention is better than cure”; “Prevention is the daughter of intelligence”. “The best protection for public health is prevention, not cleanup”; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. If there was one tip-of-the-tongue topic for utterances of proverbs and cliches, one could safely bet it would be – you guessed it –... Continue Reading →

The ‘How’ of STIs

In today's vibrant lifestyle, nearly every sexually active individual is at a potential risk of contracting STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). Although the concepts of ‘protected’ sex and using fresh needles have spread rapidly in the 21st century, it is imperative to understand the transmission dynamics of STIs (such as HIV Infection, Chlamydiasis, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B,... Continue Reading →

HPV: A Formidable yet Tameable Foe

Can a seemingly innocuous lesion in the genital region lead to your death in a few years? Yes, yes it can. More so if you are a woman. Genital lesions are a sign of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which also sets the stage for about 90 percent cases of Cervical Cancer- a leading cause of... Continue Reading →

HIV/AIDS: Need We Say More? (Yes)

The spectrum that is HIV/AIDS is ubiquitous even amongst sexually transmitted diseases. It has scary statistics beside it, such as the global populace living with the disease, numbering at anywhere about 36 to 38 million people. It does not help that the storied history of HIV infection consists mostly of caution tales against misconceptions, folk... Continue Reading →

Gonorrhoea: The Silent Clap

Gonorrhoea, other than an ill-advised inclusion in spelling bees, is also a notorious venereal disease. A bacterium, formally known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the subject of said notoriety. Like most bacterial STD's, Gonorrhoea steadily increased in prevalence alongwith civilization, with the earliest mentions of its existence dating back to the days of the Old Testament.... Continue Reading →

Syphilis: Straightening the Misconceptions

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. In India, there are about a million cases each year. Syphilis is treatable and resolves within a few weeks under proper treatment. However, if left untreated, it can progress to a more harmful stage.   A Brief History: As Girolamo Frocastoro dictated parable in 1530, the... Continue Reading →

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