We found 5 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Bronze Compass 6400 near Plant City, FL.

Dr. James Eugene Alver, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
1601 West Timberlane Drive; Suite 500
Plant City, FL

Dr. James Alver is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Riverview, FL and Plant City, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Alver focuses on vasectomy. His professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Alver speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy

Dr. Omar A Aref, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1703 Thonotosassa Road; Suite A
Plant City, FL

Dr. Omar Aref works as a family practice physician in Plant City, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Aref honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Aref (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Ana M Verdeja Perez, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 W Timberlane Drive; Suite 400
Plant City, FL

Dr. Ana Verdeja-Perez's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Verdeja-Perez include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and endometrial biopsy. Patient ratings for Dr. Verdeja-Perez average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Verdeja-Perez honors. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Laser Surgery, High Risk Pregnancy, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Lamoutte, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 W Timberlane Drive; Suite 400
Plant City, FL

Dr. Carlos Lamoutte's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. He obtained his medical school training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lamoutte's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Lamoutte is conversant in Spanish.

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

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, High Risk Pregnancy, Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Counseling
1003 S. Alexander Street
Plant City, FL

Mr. Edward Toler specializes in counseling and practices in Plant City, FL and Bradenton, FL. Areas of expertise for Mr. Toler include alcohol abuse, infertility, and suicide. He honors United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, infertility, intimacy issues, male sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Infertility, Suicide, Phobias, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Gay ... (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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