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We found 13 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 is a general gynecology specialist in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Armas include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Armas is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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. James Elliot Baron, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. James Baron specializes in general gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baron include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Baron honors. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Baron is conversant in Spanish. His 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. Robert Lawrence Karp, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6043 Winthrop Commerce Avenue; Suite 201
Riverview, FL
 

Dr. Robert Karp practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Tampa, FL and Riverview, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Karp include vasectomy. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital. He 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. Dr. Karp has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karp honors.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy

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

Dr. Maruja Fernandez-Boratti's medical specialty is general gynecology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Fernandez-Boratti's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and high risk pregnancy. Her professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Fernandez-Boratti's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fernandez-Boratti takes.

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

Dr. David Rapkin's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. In his practice, Dr. Rapkin focuses on pregnancy and vaginal problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Rapkin is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Magee Women's Hospital. Dr. Rapkin is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

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

Dr. Allyson Jones' specialty is general gynecology. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Jones's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of Bethesda North Hospital's residency program. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jones honors.

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

Dr. James Alver practices urology (urinary tract disease). After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Alver completed his residency training at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alver include vasectomy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alver honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy

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

Dr. Greg Denhaese is a general gynecologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Denhaese include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. Before performing his residency at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Denhaese attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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 and practices in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arnold include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Patient ratings for Dr. Arnold average 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing her residency at Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Arnold attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her 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. Antoinina Cathrine Watkins, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Antoinina Watkins specializes in general gynecology. Dr. Watkins's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Watkins include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Women's Care Florida. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Watkins's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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. These areas are among her clinical interests: acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and depression. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Rich honors.

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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 specializes in social work. Her clinical interests include depression, sexuality, and life transitions. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Dumois-Sands honors.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

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

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

Ms. Clarissa Crystal-Belle works as a family therapist and counselor in Bradenton, FL, Brandon, FL, and Tampa, FL. Ms. Crystal-Belle's clinical interests include acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and infidelity issues. She is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.