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Dr. Manel Silva

Internal Medicine
New York, NY
18 years experience female

About

Bio

Hi! I'm Dr. Manel Silva. I am currently working in HIV prevention in South Africa and doing telemedicine. In the past, I've been the HIV Director of community clinics in Brooklyn, as well as the clinical director of an adolescent program in an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) clinic in New York City. I am board certified in internal medicine and in adolescent medicine, and have a certificate in HIV care. I also worked in primary care clinics for adults, and serviced as a sexual assault forensic examiner at Mount Sinai Medical Center's emergency room. I am also a mom.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine

Public Health

Licenses

United States: California, New York

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

47 Answers
7 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Warm compress: First, if you are having fevers, feeling lightheaded or the infection is expanding, you should go to a health facility. If not, then you can start wit... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Get it checked asap: Severe eye pain can be a medical emergency, especially if it hurts to move your eyes, or if you're having changes in your vision. Get it checked as so... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Perhaps: Cresol can cause burning of the mouth. It can cause other side effects inside your body, it just depends on how much you ingested. Fortunately when i... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
If you're worried: about an STD, the blotches on your palm may be a sign of syphilis. Regardless ,you should get tested for all STD's including HIV if you've had unprot... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Adam's apple is formed by the cartilage in your throat protruding due to muscles in the region. Testosterone changes your muscle composition and can c... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Not rare: First congratulations! Sorry that you're experiencing this. The good news: blood clots are fairly easy to treat. In general, people have a 1 in 10,0... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Many: Everyone is at risk of many problems related to cigarette smoking. It can affect your lungs (pneumonia), your heart (abnormal rhythm), and increase yo... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
None to many: Often, STD's don't have symptoms. When people do have symptoms, they range from having a discharge, itching, bumps, growths, abdominal pain, and burn... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Congratulations!: Great work on reversing your pre-diabetes! For high testosterone, it depends on what you're treating for. Metformin can help with menstrual cycle and ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Not necessarily: The first period is longer than some people but not abnormal- depends on what's usual for her. The spotting mid-cycle can be due to stress, other wom... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Heartburn?: Sounds like you may have heartburn aka reflux aka GERD. Most people get flares when they eat something that triggers it, and then can have symptoms fo... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Not clear: Propanolol is pregnancy category C, which means there are no studies in humans. Animal studies show risks at higher doses, although propanolol is also... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
You may be: compensating for your shorter leg in a way that puts stress on your hip. But it could also be a number of other things. You should get an exam by a ... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Go to ER: There is no clear answer, but I would encourage a visit to the emergency room especially if this is a persistent (non-stop) sensation. The location o... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
HEPA filters: Using HEPA filters in your home, closing windows, reducing the humidity at home, and wearing a mask are other additional options. Here's a good articl... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Nerve compression: Sounds like you may have a pinched nerve, perhaps a branch of the femoral nerve. It may be caused by diabetes, or something pressing on the nerve, su... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
No: Placebo pills in birth control help remind you to take a daily pill and when to restart your next pack, so no you don't have to take them. Also, if y... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Addictive meds: Not sure your question, but it sounds like you're asking why your new doctor stopped your xanax when it had worked so well to control whatever symptom... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Definitely: Common STD's that are transmitted via oral sex are herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. HIV can also be transmitted, especially if there are s... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
No: Natural family planning refers to fertility awareness methods as well as breastfeeding as contraception. (See https://www.hhs.gov/opa/pregnancy-preven... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Consider 2nd opinion: If you only have GERD, then a) 80 mg daily is too much and b) is not recommended to be taken for longer than a year. An EGD/ endoscopy would be import... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Consider the ER: Heartburn can cause pains in the mid chest and back, but depending on your age, other medical conditions, and other symptoms, there can be a concern f... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Different: For men, circumcision may be beneficial in reducing the risk of HIV/ other STD's, and other infections like urine infections. It also helps prevent t... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Get it checked: Chances are that they are what's called pearly papules that are normal growths that cannot be transmitted to others. However, you should get it check... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
They're unrelated: Energy drinks usually have lots of caffeine (which can affect your heart esp if you have an underlying condition, and affects sleep) and sugar (a prob... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
A personal choice: The choice to have sex is a very personal one. For many people, a consequence of sex can be pregnancy (if your partner is the opposite sex as you) or ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Compressed nerve: Sounds like similar symptoms as in ulnar tunnel syndrome ( similar to carpal tunnel). More info http://bit.ly/2fhcU8G. You should get it evaluated to ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Bed bugs: If you wake up with hives (reddish and slightly raised) which get better during the day, there's a good chance that they're bed bugs. Read more here: ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Research: Safe methods depends on the person- their medical history, and how likely they are going to use a method consistently. And then you'd compare that to... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Unclear question: Not sure what your question is. If you're asking if they can tell how your kidney function is doing by checking your blood, then yes. Also, that msg t... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
I suggest the ED: As you know polycythemia vera means that your bones produce too much red blood cells, which can clog your lungs. This may be causing your shortness o... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Stress: One of the most common reasons to have mild on-going diarrhea is stress and anxiety. If this sounds like it may be you, consider seeing a therapist. ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Could be: Theres a chance it could be an arrhythmia- abnormally rapid heart rate. Sometimes these are benign, especially if there's no other symptoms or they do... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Sleep: Bringing your own pillow may be most helpful, especially if you have a window seat. Benadryl may help you sleep, although you should make sure that i... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Get it checked: Stomach pain that's getting worse with time needs to be checked out by a medical provider. There's so many things it could be- there are lots of orga... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Human immunodeficien: cy virus. It's a virus transmitted through blood, semen and vaginal secretions by sex, sharing needles and giving birth. The virus attacks the immune ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you're allergic to, or prone to be allergic to. It's best to gradually cut out different groups of foods to see which ones may be ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Although it can be a difficult discussion, it is very important to tell your partner. If you have an STD, then they likely have an STD, and they can ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes!: Cranberry juice is fine at any point in your pregnancy. It is often used as a treatment for urine infections; however, if you're pregnant and concern... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Intolerance/allergy: If this is recent, then it may be a stomach bug. If it's been longer, it could be an intolerance to a certain food (like lactose in dairy products), o... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Unclear: Stinging or pain in your ear that goes away with swallowing is often caused by changes in pressure, such as when you're on an airplane. It can also h... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Heat and rest: Dysmenorrhea is challenging to manage. Once it starts, applying heat (like warm bath or heating pad) can help. Also continue anti-inflammatories esp... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Go to ER: Chest pain with exercise, esp left-sided, should be evaluated ASAP in the emergency room.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Go see a provider: Especially if this has been going on for a while, you should get it checked out by a medical provider. If it's below your belly button and you are se... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Multiple things-: could be related to your kidney, hip bones, liver, intestines... Little high for your ovaries although with PCOS they can get large. Worth getting it ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Anovulatory periods?: If you've been trying to conceive for 2 years, it's time to see an obgyn. A common reason that women have periods farther apart than typical is that t... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Silva is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Silva is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. was able to rule out pneumonia from chest x-ray. Performed EKG which did not show abnormality in my heart rhythm, unlikely to be a clot for this reason. Likely acid...Read More
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thanks but it dosnt hurt moving my eyes and my vision is fine but it dose hurt touching my bloodshot eye
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) Kinda scary but i appreciate it.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 2007

Awards

HealthTap Doctor Mom

Affiliations

National Physicians Alliance

Publications

Adapting the Get Yourself Tested Campaign to Reach Black and Latino Sexual-Minority Youth.
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