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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, FACS
Specializes in Urology (Urinary Tract Disease)
1601 West Timberlane Drive; Suite 500
Plant City, FL
(813) 685-0827; (813) 708-0717

Dr. James Alver is an urologist. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alver include vasectomy. The average patient rating for Dr. Alver is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Alver speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Urological conditions, Vasectomy

Dr. Omar A Aref MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1703 Thonotosassa Road; Suite A
Plant City, FL
(813) 567-5682

Dr. Omar Aref specializes in family medicine and practices in Plant City, FL. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and trigger point injections. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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: Aids, Alzheimer's Disease, Arrhythmia, Attention Deficit Disorder, Cryosurgery, Dermatology ... (Read more)

Dr. Ana Margarita Verdeja-Perez MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 W Timberlane Drive; Suite 400
Plant City, FL
(813) 719-3380

Dr. Ana Verdeja-Perez, who practices in Plant City, FL, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Verdeja-Perez studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Verdeja-Perez takes 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: , infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Delivers at South Florida Baptist Hospital, Endometrial Biopsy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Lamoutte MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 W Timberlane Drive; Suite 400
Plant City, FL
(813) 719-3380

Dr. Carlos Lamoutte's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lamoutte's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), cryotherapy, and high risk pregnancy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 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. Lamoutte honors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

All Interests: Biopsy, Cryosurgery, Delivers at South Florida Baptist Hospital, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Counseling
1003 S. Alexander Street
Plant City, FL
(813) 468-1510; (941) 782-4100

Mr. Edward Toler specializes in counseling. Clinical interests for Mr. Toler include alcohol abuse, infertility, and suicide. He is in-network for United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Marriage/Family, Addiction, Aging, Agoraphobia, Alcoholism and Family, Alzheimers/Dementia, ... (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.