We found 15 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept BlueOptions All Copay 1505 near Brandon, FL.

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

Dr. Ignacio Armas is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Armas average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Armas's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Armas accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (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 Riverview, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Karp is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Karp include vasectomy. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital. 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. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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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, who practices in Brandon, FL and Gibsonton, FL, is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Fernandez 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 takes. Her training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Fernandez 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), sexual dysfunction, tubal ligation

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Bone Density Test, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (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. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Baron is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Baron is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Baron 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: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Angelo Paola is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Paola include robotic surgery and vasectomy. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital. Dr. Paola 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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Paola attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Paola (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy, Robotic Surgery

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. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Rapkin trained at Magee Women's Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise consist of pregnancy and vaginal problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 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. Rapkin takes. He is 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. James Eugene Alver, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6043 Winthrop Commerce Avenue; Suite 201
Riverview, FL
 

Dr. James Alver practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Riverview, FL and Plant City, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. In Dr. Alver's practice, he is particularly interested in vasectomy. He accepts 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 Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Alver performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is 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 practices general gynecology. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Denhaese performed his residency at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Denhaese'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: 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's specialty is general gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Arnold is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Arnold honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then she performed her residency 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, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Antoinina Watkins' area of specialization is general gynecology. She speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Watkins's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Watkins attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Watkins is an in-network provider 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: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

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

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

Dr. Catherine Pitt works as a general gynecologist. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. 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. Dr. Pitt attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Pitt trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pitt is professionally 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. Allyson Victoria Jones, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
116 Parsons Park Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Allyson Jones is a general gynecologist in Brandon, FL. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Jones's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Jones honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Bethesda North Hospital.

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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 in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Her areas of expertise include acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and depression. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual orientation issues

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

Specializes in Social Work
221 Pauls Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Ms. Julie Dumois-Sands specializes in social work and practices in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. Ms. Dumois-Sands's clinical interests include depression, sexuality, and life transitions. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 in Bradenton, FL, Brandon, FL, and Tampa, FL. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. These areas are among Ms. Crystal-Belle's clinical interests: acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and infidelity issues. She 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: , 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.
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