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We found 79 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near Dunedin, FL.

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

Dr. Cesar Lara is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Lara (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Lara is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Lara is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Lara is 3.0 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.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

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

Dr. Thurman Johnson Ross Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 206
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Thurman Ross is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, shock wave lithotripsy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Ross 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 dysfunction, infertility, vasectomy

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan Lee Marcelli, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
508 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Susan Marcelli sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include the following: cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Marcelli's professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Marcelli attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. 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.

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

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

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

Dr. Hugo Perez sees patients in Clearwater, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Perez is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include herpes, high risk pregnancy, and endometrial biopsy. He takes 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 Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Perez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), intrauterine device (IUD)

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

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

Dr. Shelley Young works as a general OB/GYN. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and high risk pregnancy. Dr. Young is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Young attended medical school at 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, tubal ligation

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

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

Dr. Katherine Dadisman works as a general OB/GYN. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and high risk pregnancy. Dr. Dadisman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Dadisman's average patient rating is 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.

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

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

Dr. Craig Stanley Barkley, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 206
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Craig Barkley's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Barkley's clinical interests include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and incontinence. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Barkley attended Indiana University School of Medicine. He is in-network 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 dysfunction, infertility, vasectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Cancer, Bladder Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Yaser Bassel works as an urologist in Palm Harbor, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and shock wave lithotripsy. He 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. Dr. Bassel attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Bassel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Santiago D Morales Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 408
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Santiago Morales is a Safety Harbor, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Morales attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and State University of New York (SUNY) for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, herpes, and cryotherapy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morales honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Richard Rudolph's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Rudolph include cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He takes 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 South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Jon W Beasley, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3131 N Mcmullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jon Beasley is a physician who specializes in family medicine. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Florida Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in geriatric health, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and auto injuries. Dr. Beasley is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Beasley accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Nose Problems, Plastic Surgery Procedures, HIV/AIDS, ... (Read more)

Dr. James David Gallagher, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 400
Safety Harbor, FL
 

Dr. James Gallagher practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gallagher include high risk pregnancy, endometrial biopsy, and estrogen replacement therapy. Patient ratings for Dr. Gallagher average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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 UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Gallagher trained at York Hospital for residency. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Ana Belen Charles, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May's areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. May studied medicine at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. May (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. Dr. May is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Cesar Abreu is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Abreu's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training 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 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: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

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

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

Dr. Ralph Rophie specializes in family medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rophie include cryotherapy, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. Dr. Rophie honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Mount Carmel Health System. Dr. Rophie speaks Spanish. He is professionally 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)

Dr. Scott Laury Ray, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
2350 Sunset Point Road; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Scott Ray works as a family practitioner and geriatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ray include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and geriatric health. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before performing his residency at Oakland General Hospital, Dr. Ray attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Ray has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Diabetes, Shingles, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Trigger Point ... (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.