We found 13 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Gainesville, FL.

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Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100371
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak's specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Patient ratings for Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak average 2.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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All Interests: Infertility, Amenorrhea, Ovarian Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Christman is an infertility specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and fibroids. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Christman studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Christman's medical residency was performed at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include US News and World Report - Top 1% of US Reproductive Endocrinologists and 2001-Present - America's Top Doctors.

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All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Fibroids, Endometriosis

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. John Davis' specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Davis's clinical interests include pap test, contraception (birth control), and uterine prolapse. Patient ratings for Dr. Davis average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Davis obtained his medical school training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Exemplary Teacher Award,; University of Florida College of Medicine; annually since; Selected Member, Society of Teaching Scholars;; University of Florida College of Medicine; and Best Doctors in America;; 2001-Current. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Uterine Prolapse, Cervical Dysplasia, Urinary Incontinence, Contraception, Family ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Dennis practices urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Dennis has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in bladder cancer, kidney stones, and urinary tract infection (UTI). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at Shands HealthCare. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Dennis has received include Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society.. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Pelvic Problems, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Williams works as an infertility specialist. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Williams's clinical interests: menopause, infertility, and fibroids. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Williams attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Hormone Therapy, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Menopause, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Health Psychology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Durning works as a health psychologist in Gainesville, FL. She has a special interest in infertility. Dr. Durning is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She 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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All Interests: Infertility

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Denise Schain's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. She has a special interest in urinary tract infection (UTI), sepsis (blood poisoning), and abdominal abscess. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schain is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For her professional training, Dr. Schain completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Sepsis, Abdominal Abscess, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Urinary Tract Infection

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shehla Islam sees patients in Gainesville, FL. Her medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Her areas of expertise include pulmonary tuberculosis, urinary tract infection (UTI), and HIV/AIDS. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, Dr. Islam performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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All Interests: MRSA Infection, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Urinary Tract Infection

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Cook works as an internist in Gainesville, FL. His clinical interests encompass preventive care and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Cook is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MyBlue, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. After completing medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He has received distinctions including Distinguished Service Award, Health Science Center Division, University of Florida; Delta Omega, Honorary Soceity of Public Health, Faculty member, University of Florida; and Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Cook is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Preventive Care, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Ryan Nall is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: preventive care and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Nall is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is closed to new patients at this time. Dr. Nall is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Nall completed a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Nall's distinctions include: David Calkins Division of General Medicine Public Advocacy Award; Gold Humanism Honor Society; and Alpha Omega Alpha.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Janelle is a specialist in adult infectious disease. She works in Gainesville, FL. Her areas of expertise include HIV/AIDS. Dr. Janelle is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Janelle has received the following distinctions: 2015-16: Inclusion in Best Doctors in America 2015-2016 Database; the University of Florida Department of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award; and the University of Florida Department of Medicine Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching Award.

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All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Infections

Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Lawrence specializes in pediatric infectious disease and practices in Gainesville, FL. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Montefiore Medical Center. In Dr. Lawrence's practice, he is particularly interested in pulmonary tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Lawrence accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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All Interests: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4001 Sw 13th Street
Gainesville, FL
 

Ms. Shannon Large's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Ms. Large is especially interested in alcohol abuse, hypertension (high blood pressure), and HIV/AIDS. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, HIV/AIDS, Allergies, Hypertension

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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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