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We found 102 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). His areas of expertise consist of peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and infertility. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).

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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 is an infertility specialist in San Francisco, CA. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Cedars is especially interested in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. She is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Cedars completed her residency training 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 is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He offers interpreting services for Filipino and Spanish-speaking patients. His areas of expertise include infertility and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Sharlip is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sharlip trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sharlip takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He welcomes new 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 is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hoang is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoang is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He speaks Vietnamese.

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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 works as a reproductive endocrinologist in San Francisco, CA. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Givens has indicated that her clinical interests include infertility. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Givens takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for her residency. Dr. Givens has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF)

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's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, Dr. Chun (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Cantonese. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Chun's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for her residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chun at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Essure, HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, 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 practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. His clinical interests include infertility. Dr. Fujimoto is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Fujimoto speaks Japanese. He 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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and priapism (prolonged erection). Dr. Lue accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Lue speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie's Disease

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

Dr. Amy Autry is an obstetrician in San Francisco, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bleeding, and menopause. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Autry honors. She is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Autry attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Autry has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Venkat include women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Venkat is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Venkat's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Essure, HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, 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, who practices in San Francisco, CA, is a medical specialist in obstetrics. Dr. Gates's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bleeding, and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Gates attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Gates average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gates accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She welcomes 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. Eric Tabas, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
450 Sutter Street; Suite 1324
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Eric Tabas is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in San Francisco, CA. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tabas include women's health issues. Dr. Tabas's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Tabas performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Tabas (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Italian.

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

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

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

Dr. Kier Vanremoortere's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Vanremoortere's areas of clinical interest consist of 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). Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Vanremoortere has an open panel.

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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 is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Duong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Duong welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Duong attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

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

Dr. Rosanna P.E. Chow, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
1 Shrader Street; Suite 578
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Rosanna Chow practices family medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chow's areas of expertise include the following: general care, women's health issues, and wounds. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Chow takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She is open to new patients. After attending the University of Medicine 1, Yangon for medical school, she completed her residency training at St. Mary's Hospital, Hoboken. Dr. Chow (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Burmese. In addition, she offers language support for patients who speak Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Wounds, Contraception, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Katherine Hsiao works as an infertility specialist in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Hsiao is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Hsiao graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She offers language support for patients who speak Filipino and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Hsiao is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, intrauterine device (IUD)

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