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We found 10 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near Altamonte Springs, FL.

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Specializes in Psychology
2221 Lee Road
Winter Park, FL
 

Dr. Mary Lidkea works as a psychologist. These areas are among Dr. Lidkea's clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and behavior therapy. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gender identity, sexual orientation issues

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Specializes in Psychology
100 E Ventris Avenue
Maitland, FL
 

Dr. Barbara Kelly's area of specialization is psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: adoption issues, depression, and behavior therapy. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kelly's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Javier Emilio Marinez Regus, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 2-a
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Javier Marinez, who practices in Altamonte Springs, FL, is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Dr. Marinez honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Marinez (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German, Japanese, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Marinez is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Jason Charles Sniffen, DO
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 2a
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Jason Sniffen's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for residency. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Sniffen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Sniffen (or staff) speaks German, Japanese, and Haitian Creole. He also offers language support for patients who speak Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Fernando Sebastian Alvarado, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 2-a
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Alvarado, who practices in Altamonte Springs, FL, is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of El Bosque University, Colombian School of Medicine. Dr. Alvarado (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Juan Dejesus Diaz, DO
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Juan Diaz specializes in adult infectious disease and practices in Altamonte Springs, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Diaz honors. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Diaz (or staff) speaks the following languages: German, Japanese, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Diaz is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

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Dr. Anibal Jose Maldonado, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 2-a
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Anibal Maldonado sees patients in Altamonte Springs, FL. His medical specialty is adult infectious disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Maldonado completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, Dr. Maldonado (or staff) speaks German, Japanese, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Maldonado is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Christopher Douglas Cooper, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 2-a
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Cooper is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cooper attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. Dr. Cooper (or staff) is conversant in German, Japanese, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Cooper is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Jospeh Thomas Katta, DO
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 2a
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Jospeh Katta is an adult infectious disease specialist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Katta attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katta honors. Dr. Katta (or staff) speaks German, Japanese, and Haitian Creole. In addition, he offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Alexander Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
685 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 2-a
Altamonte Springs, FL
 

Dr. Alexander Velazquez sees patients in Altamonte Springs, FL. His medical specialty is adult infectious disease. In addition to English, Dr. Velazquez (or staff) speaks German, Japanese, and Haitian Creole. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Velazquez studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Velazquez trained at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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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.