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We found 17 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Anthem Blue Cross HMO near Del Mar, CA.

Dr. Dana L Chortkoff, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
2600 Via De La Valle; 200
Del Mar, CA
 

Dr. Dana Chortkoff practices obstetrics & gynecology in Del Mar, CA and San Diego, CA. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Chortkoff attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chortkoff include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), colposcopy, and menopause. Patient ratings for Dr. Chortkoff average 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Chortkoff speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, female infertility, contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Loop Electrosurgical Excision, Diagnostic Evaluation, Multiple Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathryn P Nemanich, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine
10243 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kathryn Maxwell is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maxwell graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Maxwell is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Warts, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Dr. Basil S Abramowitz, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
10243 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Basil Abramowitz sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew. His clinical interests include warts, depression, and psoriasis. Dr. Abramowitz is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Abramowitz studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. For his professional training, Dr. Abramowitz completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abramowitz takes. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Psoriasis, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diverticular ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Francis Messoline, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12710 Carmel Country Road
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Messoline is a family medicine practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Messoline include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Messoline attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), erectile dysfunction (impotence), sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Dana M Shipp, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
2600 Via De La Valle; 200
Del Mar, CA
 

Dr. Dana Shipp practices obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shipp include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and colposcopy. Dr. Shipp's patients gave Dr. Shipp an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Shipp is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing Dr. Shipp's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Shipp attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Shipp speaks Spanish. Dr. Shipp is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Shipp's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, contraception (birth control), intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision, Diagnostic Evaluation, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Shadi Omidi, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
2600 Via De La Valle; Suite 200
Del Mar, CA
 

Dr. Shadi Omidi practices obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), colposcopy, and menopause. Dr. Omidi's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Omidi is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Loop Electrosurgical Excision, Diagnostic Evaluation, Hysteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jack Hsiao, MD
Specializes in Other, Obstetrics & Gynecology
10243 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jack Hsiao is a specialist in obstetrics & gynecology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Hsiao attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Clinical interests for Dr. Hsiao include menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. On average, patients gave Dr. Hsiao a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hsiao accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Taiwanese. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Menopause, Adolescent Gynecology, Osteoporosis, Incontinence, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alison Breanne Lynch, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
10243 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alison Lynch practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lynch include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and trigger point injections. Dr. Lynch is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Lynch has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Sports Health, Osteoporosis, Contraception, Preventive Care, Weight Management, Acne, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaclyn Alane Jensen, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
12710 Carmel Country Road
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jaclyn Jensen's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Jensen is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton for residency. Her areas of expertise include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Jensen at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Cryosurgery, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Men's Health Issues, Nutrition Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristin Zeising, PsyD
Specializes in Family Therapy, Psychology
12625 High Bluff Drive; Suite 104
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Zeising's specialties are family therapy and psychology. She practices in San Diego, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Zeising include acceptance and commitment therapy, alcohol abuse, and depression. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Men's ... (Read more)

Dr. Debra Miriam Halliday, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
355 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 200
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Debra Halliday's area of specialization is psychology. Her areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Halliday welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Patti Ellen Metz, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
317 14th Street; Suite E
Del Mar, CA
 

Dr. Patti Metz specializes in psychology and practices in San Diego, CA and Del Mar, CA. Dr. Metz's areas of expertise include depression, gender identity, and life transitions. She is professionally affiliated with Private Practice. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , gender identity

All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Grief, Coaching, Codependency, Divorce Issues, Chronic Illness, Family Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carrie Jaffe, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
12625 High Bluff Drive; #101
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carrie Jaffe is a psychologist in Carmel Valley, CA and San Diego, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Jaffe include alcohol abuse, gender identity, and intimacy issues. She is an in-network provider for Anthem and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , gender identity, intimacy issues

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Gender Identity, Couples Therapy, Intimacy Issues, Psychological Evaluation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary David Levinson, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
2600 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA
 

Dr. Gary Levinson's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and depression. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Levinson obtained his medical school training at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. He speaks Afrikaans. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Levinson's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Eczema, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rachel Jennifer Klein, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine
2600 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA
 

Areas of expertise for Dr. Rachel Klein include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and trigger point injections. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Klein is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Eczema, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Acid Reflux, Acne, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Adrienne Blumberg, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
1104 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA
 

Ms. Adrienne Blumberg's area of specialization is family therapy. Ms. Blumberg's areas of expertise include behavior therapy, depression, and narrative therapy. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , gender identity

All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Employee Assistance Programs, Gay and Lesbian ... (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.