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Dr. Cesar Augusto Lara, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1217 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Lara practices family medicine in Clearwater, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Lara is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lara is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lara takes. Dr. Lara is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Travel Medicine, Geriatric ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard B Rudolph, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Rudolph is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Before performing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Rudolph attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Rudolph's clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, infertility, and endometrial biopsy. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. 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. Rudolph's professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yaser Sedrak Bassel, MD
Specializes in Urology
35095 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Yaser Bassel's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He is conversant in Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bassel include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Bassel is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Medical Center of Trinity. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Bassel takes 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), sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Bladder Cancer, Shock Wave Lithotripsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen K Saravanos, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Karen Saravanos is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Saravanos's areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and endometrial biopsy. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. 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. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Saravanos completed her residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. She is conversant in Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine E Dadisman, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Katherine Dadisman is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Before performing her residency at Botsford Hospital, Dr. Dadisman attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dadisman include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. On average, patients gave Dr. Dadisman a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dadisman is professionally affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Brooke Ellen Ritter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Brooke Ritter is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Ritter average 2.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Ritter attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan J Fosnot, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Susan Fosnot works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and cancer. Dr. Fosnot's professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Fosnot's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Diana C Connor, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Diana Connor is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in Clearwater, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Connor include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Connor has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Connor speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey J Marks, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2665 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Marks is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Patient ratings for Dr. Marks average 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tampa General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Marks is affiliated with Women's Care Florida, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Shelley A Young, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
401 Corbett Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Shelley Young is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She 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. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Young attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Patricia A Llewellyn, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2665 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Llewellyn's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Llewellyn 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. Dr. Llewellyn attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Women's Care Florida, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Anjana D Patel, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2665 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Anjana Patel, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Patel's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Patients gave Dr. Patel an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Indian Languages. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Cesar R Abreu, MD
Specializes in Urology
501 S Lincoln Av 11
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Cesar Abreu practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Clearwater, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Abreu graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and the University of Maryland Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Nephrectomy, Kidney Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hugo Lazaro Perez, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
28960 Us Highway 19 North; Suite 109
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Hugo Perez is a general OB/GYN in Clearwater, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perez include herpes, high risk pregnancy, and endometrial biopsy. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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 is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Perez completed a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Perez speaks Spanish. Dr. Perez's professional affiliations include Mease Dunedin Hospital and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Bleeding, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Georgette J McCance, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Georgette McCance is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. In addition to English, Dr. McCance (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. McCance's hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. McCance attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Baystate Medical Center for residency. Her average rating from her patients is 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.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Breast Biopsy, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ralph A Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rophie include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Rophie is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rophie honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rophie is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Mount Carmel Health System's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, infertility, HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, ... (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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