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We found 99 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 is an urologist in San Francisco, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and infertility. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. He attended medical school at 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'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. Ira Dorian Sharlip, MD
Specializes in Urology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Sixth Floor, Suite A610
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Ira Sharlip practices urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, Dr. Sharlip focuses on infertility and urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Sharlip is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Sharlip attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He offers language support for patients who speak Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. Dr. Sharlip welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Marcelle Cedars specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Cedars's areas of expertise consist of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. She is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of Parkland Health & Hospital System's residency program. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cedars honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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

Dr. Carolyn Givens is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Givens completed her residency training at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She has indicated that her clinical interests include infertility. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Givens takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in San Francisco, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She is especially interested in women's health issues. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Chun takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Chun graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for residency. Dr. Chun (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Filipino, and Cantonese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She has an open panel.

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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 is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fujimoto include infertility. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Japanese. Dr. Fujimoto is professionally 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in San Francisco, CA and Hillsborough, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lue's areas of expertise include the following: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and priapism (prolonged erection). He is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He attended medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University. Dr. Lue trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for his residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 works as an obstetrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Autry include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bleeding, and menopause. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for her residency. Dr. Autry has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Autry's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

Dr. Eric Tabas, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
450 Sutter Street; Suite 1324
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Eric Tabas is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. His areas of expertise include women's health issues. Patient ratings for Dr. Tabas average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tabas attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Tabas (or staff) is conversant in French and Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Tabas is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Pavithra Venkat's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Venkat attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Venkat is especially interested in women's health issues. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Venkat is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Kier Vanremoortere is a general OB/GYN in San Francisco, CA, Berkeley, CA, and Orinda, CA. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Vanremoortere's areas of expertise include women's health issues and family planning. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). After attending 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). Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vanremoortere honors. Dr. Vanremoortere is accepting new patients.

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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 a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Duong attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Duong (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. Dr. Duong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He has an open panel.

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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 Family Medicine
1 Shrader Street; Suite 578
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Rosanna Chow's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Chow's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass general care, women's health issues, and wounds. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Medicine 1, Yangon and residency at St. Mary's Hospital, Hoboken. Dr. Chow (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Burmese. In addition, she offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 a reproductive endocrinologist. She offers interpreting services for patients who speak Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Hsiao's clinical interests encompass women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Hsiao completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She 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 obstetrics & gynecology specialist in San Francisco, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lager include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bleeding, and menopause. Dr. Lager is professionally affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lager honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

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

Dr. Elena Gates specializes in obstetrics. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gates include 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. Dr. Gates takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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