We found 7 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1456 near Brandon, FL.

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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 in Riverview, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Karp is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include vasectomy. Dr. Karp is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital. He 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency 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. James Eugene Alver, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6043 Winthrop Commerce Avenue; Suite 201
Riverview, FL
 

Dr. James Alver is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Riverview, FL and Plant City, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Alver focuses on vasectomy. His professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Alver speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy

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

Dr. Greg Denhaese specializes in general gynecology and practices in Brandon, FL. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Dr. Denhaese 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. He obtained his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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

Dr. Maruja Fernandez's specialty is general gynecology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fernandez at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fernandez include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Fernandez'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 conversant in 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, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (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 is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Rapkin has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of pregnancy and vaginal problems. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rapkin honors. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Magee Women's Hospital, Dr. Rapkin attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

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

Dr. Angelo Paola practices urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Paola (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. His areas of clinical interest consist of robotic surgery and vasectomy. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He takes 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, Robotic Surgery

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

Ms. Clarissa Crystal-Belle's specialties are family therapy and counseling. Areas of expertise for Ms. Crystal-Belle include acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and infidelity issues. The average patient rating for Ms. Crystal-Belle is 4.0 stars out of 5. Ms. Crystal-Belle honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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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