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We found 12 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept BlueOptions Essential 1419 near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. John D Davis, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. John Davis sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davis include pap test, contraception (birth control), and uterine prolapse. The average patient rating for Dr. Davis is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Davis attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: 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)

Dr. Gregory Michael Christman, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Christman's medical specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has indicated that his clinical interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and fibroids. Dr. Christman is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics for residency. 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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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

Dr. Michael Anthony Dennis Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Dennis is an urologist in Gainesville, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Dennis average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and urinary tract infection (UTI). 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. Dennis's residency was performed at Shands HealthCare. He has received distinctions including Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society.. He is professionally 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)

Dr. Robert Stanford Williams, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Williams specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include menopause, infertility, and fibroids. Dr. Williams is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). 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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF)

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

Dr. Alice Sue Rhoton-Vlasak, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100371
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She works in Gainesville, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak include infertility, fibroids, and endometriosis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Fibroids, Endometriosis

Dr. Michael Stephen Kinson Jr., MA, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2000 Sw Archer Road; Fourth Floor
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Kinson practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kinson include pap test, contraception (birth control), and endometrial cancer. Dr. Kinson accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Shands HealthCare for his residency. Dr. Kinson has received professional recognition including the following: Outstanding Resident Educator Award, 2014; Society for Teaching Scholars, UF College of Medicine; Resident Teacher of the Year, 2014; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UF College of Medicine; and Anne and David Mishel Cancer Research Award - 2011; Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Cervical Dysplasia, Contraception, Family Planning, Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy, Fibroids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Patricia Ellen Durning, PhD
Specializes in Health Psychology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Durning is a health psychologist. Dr. Durning has a special interest in infertility. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

Dr. Denise Constance Schain, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Denise Schain specializes in adult infectious disease and practices in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among Dr. Schain's clinical interests: urinary tract infection (UTI), sepsis (blood poisoning), and abdominal abscess. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. 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

Dr. Shehla Peshimam Peshimam, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shehla Islam is an adult infectious disease specialist in Gainesville, FL. In Dr. Islam's practice, she is particularly interested in pulmonary tuberculosis, urinary tract infection (UTI), and HIV/AIDS. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Aga Khan University Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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: MRSA Infection, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Ryan Wesley Nall, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Ryan Nall works as an internist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in preventive care and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Nall takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include David Calkins Division of General Medicine Public Advocacy Award; Gold Humanism Honor Society; and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Nall is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Preventive Care, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Dr. Jennifer White Janelle, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Janelle is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. In her practice, she is particularly interested in HIV/AIDS. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Janelle honors. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Janelle is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Infections

Dr. Robert Michael Lawrence, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Lawrence's specialty is pediatric infectious disease. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Lawrence attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lawrence include pulmonary tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lawrence is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections

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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.