We found 4 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Health Net Primary Exclusive Provider Organization near Auburn, CA.

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Dr. Melissa Ann Johnson, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3288 Bell Road
Auburn, CA

Dr. Melissa Johnson works as a general OB/GYN. Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency. Dr. Johnson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandon Keith Hobel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3288 Bell Road
Auburn, CA

Dr. Brandon Hobel works as a family medicine physician in Auburn, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Hobel speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Hobel takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Occupational Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew A Janiga, MD
Specializes in Urology
3123 Professional Drive; Suite 210
Auburn, CA

Dr. Matthew Janiga practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Auburn, CA. Dr. Janiga's areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Janiga honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Prosthetics, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Benign ... (Read more)

Dr. Danny C Yen, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
11795 Education Street; Suite 201
Auburn, CA

Dr. Danny Yen is a specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). He works in Auburn, CA. After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Yen include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yen honors. Dr. Yen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Colitis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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What is Sexual Health?

Sexual health is a broad and loosely defined term that encompasses several extremely different areas of medicine. Sexual health not only includes physical health related to the act of sex, but also emotional, mental, or identity issues that can interfere with healthy sexuality. Because this scope is so broad, a huge number of health care professionals can accurately say they work in the sexual health specialty. Some of the many varied conditions included in sexual health include intimacy disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, LGBTQ issues, and sexual violence.

Sexual intimacy disorders are those that cause problems with the act of sexual intercourse, such as erectile dysfunction or vulvodynia. Erectile dysfunction, the inability to get or maintain an erection hard enough for sexual intercourse, is extremely common. It affects fully half of men over 40 to some degree. It is treated with medications, devices, or surgery. Vulvodynia, burning pain in the vulva that can be made worse with sexal activity, has no known cause. It is treated with oral or topical medications.

Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, are bacterial or viral infections that are contagious in the bodily fluids exchanged during sexual contact. Barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, help prevent the spread of STDs. HIV is a virus that can be caught from an infected person’s sexual fluids or blood. When the virus infects the body, it interferes with the immune system and causes the disease known as AIDS. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications can help people with AIDS live a long and healthy life. Herpes is also a virus found in sexual fluids, called HSV-2. It causes blisters that come and go on the genitals. There is no cure for herpes, but anti-virals can minimize outbreaks. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are both bacterial infections. They are extremely common and often have no symptoms. The most common signs of an infection are burning pain and discharge. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be treated with medications.

Reproductive health refers to both contraception and infertility treatment. Contraceptives prevent and plan the timing of pregnancy. Some, such as a vasectomy or tubal ligation, are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. Others, such as spermicides, are less reliable. Popular contraceptives include condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, and diaphragms. On the other side of reproductive health, infertility is the inability to carry a pregnancy to term after one year of trying. It can be due to problems in either the man or the woman, and both genders are affected equally. In total, about 15% of the population suffer from infertility. Infertility treatments include medications and surgery.

Gay and transgender people are as healthy as anyone else, but they have a few specific health care needs that may sometimes fall under the sexual health umbrella. First, many LGBT people still face discrimination from healthcare providers, so providing supportive and appropriate care is an issue. Because of social attitudes surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, many gay and transgender people struggle with their identities. Rates of depression, substance abuse, and suicide are all higher in this group. Providing mental health support and counseling to those in transition is critical. Finally, transgender patients who are undergoing gender affirmation require sensitive medical health care, including surgical and hormonal treatment.

Sexual violence can be defined as any unwanted or non-consensual sexual activity. It ranges from sexual harassment to touching to rape. It affects women more than men and is widespread: 1 in 4 women report being victims of sexual violence at the hands of a partner, and as many as 1 in 3 girls report their first sexual contact as being violent. Sexual violence has lasting physical and emotional consequences for victims, but educating both girls and boys can prevent violence. Care for those who have endured sexual violence includes counseling and mental health support, medical care, and legal support.

Humans are sexual creatures from the time we reach puberty through the rest of our lives. Sexuality is more than a reproductive requirement -- it is a form of expression and identity. Sexual health blends all these aspects of our experience together and helps us lead sexually fulfilling lives.
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