We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Viant near Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Ricardo E Huete, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
824 E. Carson Street; Suite 203
Carson, CA

Dr. Ricardo Huete practices general gynecology. Dr. Huete's clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Huete studied medicine at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Huete trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Huete has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, High Risk Pregnancy, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Marc Joel Rosenthal, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
824 E. Carson Street; Suite 102
Carson, CA

Dr. Marc Rosenthal's specialty is general gynecology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In Dr. Rosenthal's practice, he is particularly interested in menopause. He is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Rosenthal is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Rosenthal completed a residency program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Rosenthal speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. John E Ingram, MD
Specializes in Urology
2888 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 340
Long Beach, CA

Dr. John Ingram's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Ingram focuses on vasectomy. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ingram's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received the distinction of Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy

Specializes in Urology
2888 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 265
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Ruben Baghdassarian's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), cystocele (bladder prolapse), and incontinence. Dr. Baghdassarian's professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Associates in Urology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Baghdassarian completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Baghdassarian (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Cystocele, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Prostate Procedures, Urodynamics, Prostate Cancer

Specializes in Social Work
Long Beach, CA

Ms. Afrashe Asungi specializes in social work. Ms. Asungi's areas of expertise include the following: depression, domestic abuse, and education consultation. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Asungi takes.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Depression, Education Consultation, Substance Abuse, Holistic Approaches, Mindfulness, Neglect, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Social Work
5199 E Pacific Coast Highway; Suite 615
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Michael Nava's specialty is social work. These areas are among Dr. Nava's clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and education consultation. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Viant. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Education Consultation, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Men's ... (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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