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We found 15 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida near Brandon, FL.

Dr. Ignacio Armas, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Ignacio Armas' area of specialization is general gynecology. Dr. Armas speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Armas include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Armas is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Armas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, Hormone Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Lawrence Karp, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6043 Winthrop Commerce Avenue; Suite 201
Riverview, FL
 

Dr. Robert Karp is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Karp include vasectomy. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital. Dr. Karp graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Patient ratings for Dr. Karp average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy

Dr. Angelo Stano Paola, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6043 Winthrop Commerce Avenue; Suite 201
Riverview, FL
 

Dr. Angelo Paola is an urologist. Dr. Paola's clinical interests include robotic surgery and vasectomy. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Paola (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Maruja Fernandez Boratti, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
731 South Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Maruja Fernandez is a specialist in general gynecology. She works in Brandon, FL and Gibsonton, FL. Dr. Fernandez's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and high risk pregnancy. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, Dr. Fernandez speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, tubal ligation

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Bone Density Test, Urodynamic Testing, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

Dr. James Elliot Baron, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. James Baron, who practices in Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Baron average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baron include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Baron honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Baron attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Baron's hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Eugene Alver, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6043 Winthrop Commerce Avenue; Suite 201
Riverview, FL
 

Dr. James Alver is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Riverview, FL and Plant City, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Alver a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in vasectomy. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alver takes. Before completing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Alver attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Alver speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy

Dr. David Allen Rapkin, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
13860 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Brandon; Floor 33511
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Rapkin sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rapkin's areas of expertise include the following: pregnancy and vaginal problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Magee Women's Hospital. Dr. Rapkin is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Vaginal Problems, Menstrual Disorders, Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Dr. Greg Joseph Den Haese, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
731 South Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Greg Denhaese works as a general gynecologist in Brandon, FL. Before completing his residency at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Denhaese attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allyson Victoria Jones, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Allyson Jones is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Jones is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Jones trained at Bethesda North Hospital for residency. She is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Heidi Hagler Arnold, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Heidi Arnold specializes in general gynecology. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Arnold include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Arnold is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Arnold's training includes a residency program at Tampa General Hospital. She is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Catherine Christine Pitt, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Catherine Pitt practices general gynecology in Brandon, FL. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Pitt's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Antoinina Cathrine Watkins, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Antoinina Watkins is a Brandon, FL physician who specializes in general gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Watkins average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Watkins include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Watkins is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Women's Care Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Jacqueline Francine Rich, MSW
Specializes in Social Work, Counseling
Brandon, FL
 

Ms. Jacqueline Rich is a social worker and counselor. Ms. Rich's areas of expertise include the following: acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and depression. She 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.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Suicide, Diagnostic Evaluation, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Social Work
221 Pauls Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Ms. Julie Dumois-Sands practices social work in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Ms. Dumois-Sands include depression, sexuality, and life transitions. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

All Interests: Depression, Men's Health Issues, Mindfulness, Neglect, Education, Group Therapy Services, ... (Read more)

Clarissa Crystal-Belle Clarissa Crystal-Belle
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
207 W. Morgan Street
Brandon, FL
 

Ms. Clarissa Crystal-Belle practices family therapy and counseling. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Ms. Crystal-Belle include acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and infidelity issues. Ms. Crystal-Belle takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual addiction, sexuality, intimacy issues

All Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Men's ... (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.