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We found 9 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1456 near Brandon, FL.

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. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include vasectomy. Dr. Karp is affiliated with South Bay Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Karp's 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. Maruja Fernandez Boratti, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
731 South Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Maruja Fernandez is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Dr. Fernandez's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and high risk pregnancy. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Fernandez's hospital/clinic 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, Urodynamic Testing, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Angelo Paola is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Riverview, FL and Sun City Center, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in robotic surgery and vasectomy. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital. Dr. Paola honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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 foreign languages: 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's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. In Dr. Rapkin's practice, he is particularly interested in pregnancy and vaginal problems. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Magee Women's Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Rapkin is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rapkin's practice is open to 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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Alver average 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include vasectomy. Dr. Alver is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. He 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. Alver is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Alver is conversant in Spanish.

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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. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Women's Care Florida. Dr. Denhaese's education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Denhaese 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.

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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 works as a social worker and counselor. Her areas of expertise include the following: acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and depression. Ms. Rich 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.

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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' specialty is social work. Clinical interests for Ms. Dumois-Sands include depression, sexuality, and life transitions. She is an in-network provider 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 Star Crystal-Belle
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
207 W. Morgan Street
Brandon, FL
 

Ms. Clarissa Crystal-Belle's areas of specialization are family therapy and counseling; she sees patients in Bradenton, FL, Brandon, FL, and Tampa, FL. Ms. Crystal-Belle's areas of expertise include acceptance and commitment therapy, crisis intervention, and infidelity issues. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts 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.