We found 12 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Aetna Medicare near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in Urogynecology, Critical Care
1133 21st Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Cheryl Iglesia practices urogynecology and critical care (intensive care medicine). She has a special interest in sexual dysfunction, bladder problems, and fibroids. Dr. Iglesia's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Iglesia include: Top Doctors, Washingtonian Magazine; Best Doctors in America; and ACOG Mentor of the Year Award. Dr. Iglesia is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Dr. Iglesia has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Bladder Problems, Urinary Incontinence, Anal Fistula, Fecal Incontinence, Surgical Repair, Pelvic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1133 21st Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Gaurav Bandi is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Bandi's clinical interests: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, he performed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Bandi (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. His professional affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: MRI, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Prostate Cryotherapy, Biopsy, Kidney Cancer, Peyronie's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology, Transplant Surgery
110 Irving Street Nw; Department of Urology
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Seyed Ghasemian is an urologist and transplant surgeon. After attending The National University of Iran for medical school, he completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with Pahlavi University. Clinical interests for Dr. Ghasemian include diabetes, bladder cancer, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). On average, patients gave Dr. Ghasemian a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Ghasemian (or staff) speaks Kurdish and Persian. Dr. Ghasemian's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Urinary Stones, Erectile Dysfunction, Pancreas Transplant, Pancreatic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1133 21st Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Krishnan Venkatesan specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He is especially interested in peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and urethral stricture. Patient reviews placed Dr. Venkatesan at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Venkatesan is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Urologic Procedures, Peyronie's Disease, Urethral Stricture

Specializes in Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Critical Care
439 Buchanan Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Sara Parker's specialties are surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Parker has indicated that her clinical interests include pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. Her professional affiliations include MedStar Health and VCU Health Center & MCV Hospital and Physicians. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital.

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All Interests: Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2a38b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Glenn Wortmann is an adult infectious disease specialist in Washington, DC. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wortmann has indicated that his clinical interests include HIV/AIDS. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Dr. Wortmann completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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All Interests: HIV/AIDS

Dr. Charlotte L Barbey Morel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Adult Infectious Disease
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Charlotte Barbey-Morel is a pediatric infectious disease and adult infectious disease specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Barbey-Morel accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Barbey-Morel completed a residency program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Barbey-Morel's professional affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Shady Grove Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Adult Infectious Disease
1220 12th Street Se; Suite 120
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Seble Kassaye is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and adult infectious disease specialist. Her areas of expertise include the following: tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kassaye takes. Dr. Kassaye obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. In addition to English, Dr. Kassaye (or staff) speaks Amharic and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kassaye welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
110 Irving Street Nw; Room 2a 56
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Maria Ruiz is a specialist in adult infectious disease. She works in Washington, DC. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ruiz include general care and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Ruiz is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. She is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Ruiz completed a residency program at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Ruiz (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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All Interests: HIV/AIDS, General Care

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 1a50b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Leon Lai practices adult infectious disease in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include the following: heart transplant, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Lai is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lai completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Heart Transplant, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2a38
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Christian Woods sees patients in Washington, DC. His medical specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine), adult infectious disease, and adult pulmonology. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Woods is especially interested in intensive care, lung problems, and HIV/AIDS. He accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Woods has an open panel.

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All Interests: Intensive Care, Lung Problems, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in General Pediatrics
3800 Reservoir Road Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Wolfgang Rennert specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Washington, DC. Dr. Rennert is conversant in German. He is especially interested in kidney problems and HIV/AIDS. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine and residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Rennert an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Rennert is open to new patients.

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All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Kidney Problems

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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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