We found 14 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept PacifiCare HMO near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Laetitia Marie-Jane Poisson De Souzy, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Laetitia Oderman works as a general OB/GYN in Santa Cruz, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Oderman is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Oderman has a special interest in women's health issues. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Oderman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Oderman is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, High Risk ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Andrew Rosen, MD
Specializes in Urology
2911 Chanticleer Avenue; Suite 110
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Mark Rosen's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rosen is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rosen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosen average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), male sexual dysfunction

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

Dr. Carlos Guerino Arcangeli, MD
Specializes in Urology
2911 Chanticleer Avenue; Santa Cruz Chanticleer Center (2911)
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Arcangeli is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Arcangeli focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Arcangeli is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Arcangeli is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Arcangeli has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , male sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelli Rae Beingesser, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kelli Beingesser is a general OB/GYN. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beingesser include women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Beingesser performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Bradley Salvay, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Howard Salvay is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Santa Cruz, CA. He is especially interested in women's health issues. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Salvay is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Salvay is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Colposcopy, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven G Roberts, MD
Specializes in Urology
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Roberts is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is conversant in Spanish. In Dr. Roberts's practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Roberts's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

Dr. Tara Dale Hulbert Metcalf, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Tara Hulbert's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Hulbert is especially interested in women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Hulbert's education and training includes medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Hulbert is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, Total Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Novic's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Novic include neurological disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Novic completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Dutch. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Novic welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Brain Hemorrhage, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas R Deetz, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2025 Soquel Avenue; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Deetz is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Clinical interests for Dr. Deetz include HIV/AIDS. Dr. Deetz has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Deetz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Osteomyelitis, Skin Issues, Soft Tissue Problems, Cancer, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Endocarditis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sunita Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2025 Soquel Avenue; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Sunita Singh sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Singh (or staff) is conversant in French and Hindi. She has indicated that her clinical interests include HIV/AIDS. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Temple University Hospital. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Singh is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), low testosterone (male hypogonadism)

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret Jacqueline Mioduszewski, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Mioduszewski specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). After attending the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mioduszewski include skin issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mioduszewski takes. Dr. Mioduszewski (or staff) is conversant in French and Polish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes

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

Dr. Marin S Muller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marin Muller's specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Muller's areas of expertise include general care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Muller (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, General Care, Celiac Disease, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Aran Cunningham Nichol, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2025 Soquel Avenue; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Aran Nichol is a specialist in adult infectious disease. She works in Santa Cruz, CA. She has a special interest in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Nichol honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Nichol attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Nichol speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS

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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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