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We found 5 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield of California near Benicia, CA.

Dr. Jody Linn Daudel, MD, MBA
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology
1100 Rose Drive; #140
Benicia, CA

Dr. Jody Daudel works as a hospitalist and obstetrician and gynecologist in Vallejo, CA and Benicia, CA. Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Anthem. Dr. Daudel attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Daudel's residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control), HPV (human papillomavirus)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, NovaSure, Perimenopause, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony K Agadzi, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2852 Redwood Parkway
Vallejo, CA

Dr. Anthony Agadzi is an ophthalmologist in Vallejo, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, comprehensive ophthalmology, and eye problems. Dr. Agadzi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Agadzi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Russian. Dr. Agadzi is affiliated with Sutter Solano Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Strabismus Surgery, Trabeculectomy, Cataract Surgery, Eyelid Problems, Facial Problems, Macular ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Michael Tunis, EdD
Specializes in Family Therapy
526 Tennessee Street
Vallejo, CA

Dr. Lawrence Tunis' area of specialization is family therapy. Clinical interests for Dr. Tunis include alcohol abuse, crisis intervention, and depression. Dr. Tunis is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality, gender identity, intimacy issues

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Child Abuse, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence M Lease, MA, JD
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
281 E H Street; Benicia, Ca, Office 1
Benicia, CA

Mr. Lawrence Lease practices family therapy and counseling in Benicia, CA and Fairfield, CA. His areas of expertise include infidelity issues, coparenting, and emotionally focused couples therapy. Mr. Lease accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, intimacy issues

All Interests: Infidelity Issues, Separation, Men's Health Issues, Premarital Therapy, Relationships and Dating ... (Read more)

Kathryn L Kinsey
Specializes in Social Work
281 East H Street
Benicia, CA

Ms. Kathryn Kinsey is a social worker. Areas of expertise for Ms. Kinsey include crisis intervention, person-centered therapy, and caregiver issues. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, intimacy issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Infidelity Issues, Separation, Substance Abuse, Premarital Therapy, Neglect, ... (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.