We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Medicaid near Essex, CT.

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
180 Westbrook Road
Essex, CT
 

Dr. Thomas Hanson is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Hanson has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Hanson is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control), infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Depression, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Adolescent Gynecology, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Ralph Devito's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended Albany Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Devito has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Devito honors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Devito is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Urinary Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectomy Reversal, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. David Hesse is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in New Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, and Madison, CT. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hesse is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Hesse's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Urinary Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectomy, Vasectomy ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
180 Westbrook Road
Essex, CT
 

Dr. Mary Jane Minkin is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Minkin accepts. After attending Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Minkin completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Minkin is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Perimenopause, Osteoporosis, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Stanton Honig is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Honig accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Honig speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectomy Reversal, Peyronie's Disease, Male Infertility, Testicular Cancer

Michelle A Kenefick, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
158 Westbrook Road; Suite 7
Essex, CT
 

Ms. Michelle Kenefick's specialty is social work. Clinical interests for Ms. Kenefick include crisis intervention, adoption issues, and depression. Ms. Kenefick honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Ceridian, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Infertility, Suicide, Dissociative Disorders, Substance Abuse, ... (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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