We found 7 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Plan near Fairfield, CA.

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Dr. Marlene Elizabeth Hargreaves, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2702 Low Court; Department of Ob/gyn
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Marlene Freeman is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Fairfield, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. Dr. Freeman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Freeman's office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Freeman attended St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex), intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Frederick C Blair, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1234 Empire Street
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Frederick Blair practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Fairfield, CA. Dr. Blair's areas of expertise include women's health issues. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Blair attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Blair is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control), HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, HPV, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Rea Saavedra, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2720 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Maria Saavedra specializes in family medicine and practices in Fairfield, CA. In her practice, Dr. Saavedra focuses on general care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Saavedra attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Saavedra's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Obesity, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Preventive Care, Intrauterine ... (Read more)

Dr. Ann F Haas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2720 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Ann Haas specializes in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Haas include skin issues. Dr. Haas's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Haas accepts. Dr. Haas graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. She has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Haas has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Herpes, Rosacea, Spider Veins, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs ... (Read more)

Dr. Bien-Aimee Nguyen Lau, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2720 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Bien-Aimee Lau practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Fairfield, CA. Dr. Lau's areas of expertise include skin issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Lau's practice is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Herpes, Rosacea, Scabies, Shingles, Mole Removal, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Ann Chen, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2702 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Julie Chen's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her clinical interests include eye problems. Dr. Chen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Chen (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. Dr. Chen welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Trabeculectomy, Cataract Surgery, Facial Problems, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret Elizabeth Vincent, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2720 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Vincent's specialty is general internal medicine. Before performing her residency at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, Dr. Vincent attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vincent include general care and HIV/AIDS. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: General Care, HIV/AIDS, Infections

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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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