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We found 101 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Richmond, CA.

Dr. James Franklin Smith, MS, MD
Specializes in Urology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Sixth Floor, Suite A610
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. James Smith's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and infertility. He is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Dr. Smith graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Smith honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie's Disease

Dr. Marcelle Ivonne Cedars, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Marcelle Cedars' area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. On average, patients gave Dr. Cedars a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. She is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Cedars takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Cedars trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Ira Dorian Sharlip, MD
Specializes in Urology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Sixth Floor, Suite A610
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Ira Sharlip specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Sharlip has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: infertility and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. Dr. Sharlip takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sharlip has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He offers interpreting services for Filipino and Spanish-speaking patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), premature ejaculation, infertility, no-scalpel vasectomy

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

Dr. Robert Q Hoang, MD
Specializes in Urology
728 Pacific Avenue; Suite 6008
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Hoang's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Hoang accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Hoang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), premature ejaculation, no-scalpel vasectomy

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cryosurgery, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Laser Lithotripsy, Laparoscopic Partial ... (Read more)

Dr. Carolyn Robyn Durham, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
55 Francisco Street; Suite 500
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Carolyn Givens is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Givens's clinical interests encompass infertility. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency. Dr. Givens's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization

Dr. Stephanie Noi Ling Chun, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3838 California Street; Suite 412
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Stephanie Chun practices general obstetrics & gynecology in San Francisco, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Chun include women's health issues. On average, patients gave Dr. Chun a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Chun (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Cantonese. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Adolescent Gynecology, Infertility, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor Y Fujimoto, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Victor Fujimoto's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Fujimoto's areas of expertise include infertility. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Japanese. Dr. Fujimoto is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

Dr. Tom Futai Lue, MD
Specializes in Urology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Sixth Floor, Suite A610
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Tom Lue is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He speaks Mandarin. In his practice, Dr. Lue focuses on peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and priapism (prolonged erection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Dr. Lue obtained his medical school training at Kaohsiung Medical University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Priapism, Peyronie's Disease

Dr. Amy M Autry, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Amy Autry is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in obstetrics. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bleeding, and menopause. Dr. Autry takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Autry's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Menopause, Vaginitis, Bleeding, Ovarian Disease, Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pavithra Venkat, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1001 Potrero Avenue; #6d
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Pavithra Venkat is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Venkat include women's health issues. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Venkat attended Yale School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Venkat's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Her practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Elena A Gates, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Elena Gates' specialty is obstetrics. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bleeding, and menopause. Dr. Gates has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Gates's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Gates's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Menopause, Vaginitis, Bleeding, Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Endometriosis, Urinary ... (Read more)

Dr. Kier Coursen Van Remoortere, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1001 Portrero Avenue; 6d
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kier Vanremoortere is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Vanremoortere's areas of expertise include women's health issues and family planning. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Vanremoortere accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Essure

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Essure, Family Planning, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Truong Thanh Duong, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
909 Hyde Street; Suite 222
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Duong works as an urologist in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Duong's education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Duong takes. Dr. Duong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Prosthetics, Laser Lithotripsy, Radical Nephrectomy, Ureteroscopy, Microsurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine T Hsiao, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
3905 Sacramento Street; Suite 204
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Katherine Hsiao is a reproductive endocrinologist. Dr. Hsiao's education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsiao offers language support for Filipino and Spanish-speaking patients. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Hsiao welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Infertility, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeannette Christie Lager, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2356 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jeannette Lager is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lager at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lager include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bleeding, and menopause. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lager is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. She is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Menopause, Ovarian Disease, Pregnancy, Vaginitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip Earl Chenette, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
55 Francisco Street; Suite 500
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Philip Chenette's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Chenette attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Magee Women's Hospital for residency. He honors AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility

All Interests: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, in Vitro Fertilization, Recurrent Miscarriage, Endometriosis, Male ... (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.