We found 46 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Mark Joseph Swierzewski, MD
Specializes in Urology
2803 West Saint Isabel Street
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Swierzewski is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Tampa, FL, Orlando, FL, and Lutz, FL. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Swierzewski include bladder cancer, bleeding, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). Dr. Swierzewski is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Lahey Clinic, Strong Memorial Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. 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.

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

All Interests: Cystocele, Neurostimulation, Bleeding, Erectile Dysfunction, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael E Carrion, MD
Specializes in Urology
6th Floor, Usf Department of Urology; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Carrion's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His clinical interests include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Carrion takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Carrion has received the distinction of Leadership, AUA. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), sexual dysfunction, infertility, female sexual dysfunction

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Penile Duplex Ultrasound, Testosterone ... (Read more)

Dr. Shayne M Plosker, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
13330 Usf Laurel Drive, Sarasota; Floor 34239
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shayne Plosker's medical specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Plosker's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His education and training includes medical school at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Plosker is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; President's Club of the University of South Florida, President's Council; and US News & World Report Top 10% of Doctors, Nationwide. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Neuroendocrine Disorders, Endometrial Polyp, Fibroids, Endometriosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lazaro Andres Hernandez, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
2309 W M L King Boulevard; Suite 1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lazaro Hernandez's medical specialty is general gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hernandez include biopsy, infertility, and cryosurgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hernandez obtained his medical school training at the University of Havana School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Laser Surgery, Infertility, Biopsy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Catherine Lynn Cowart, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
2919 West Swann Avenue; Suite 307
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Catherine Cowart specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology and practices in Tampa, FL. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Cowart's clinical interests include microsurgery, sexual dysfunction, and infertility. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Cowart speaks French. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Microsurgery, Hysteroscopy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Helena Reichman, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 307
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Helena Reichman sees patients in Tampa, FL. Dr. Helena Reichman's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Reichman include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and endometrial ablation. Dr. Reichman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Reichman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reichman attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Reichman has received the distinction of Ama Physician Recognition Award. In addition to English, Dr. Reichman speaks Spanish. Dr. Reichman is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Sonja L Perkins, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 405
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sonja Perkins is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Perkins at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Perkins graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Kathleen Kilbride, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2818 West Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Kilbride works as a general OB/GYN in Tampa, FL. These areas are among Dr. Kilbride's clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, infertility, and cryosurgery. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Kilbride is affiliated with Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, Infertility, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura S Schifino, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2818 W Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Laura Dill works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Tampa, FL. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dill include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Dill is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Shands HealthCare, Dr. Dill attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Kiera M Irvin-Rahaim, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 305
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kiera Irvin-Rahaim's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She is professionally affiliated with Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Irvin-Rahaim is in-network for 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 South Florida (USF), Dr. Irvin-Rahaim attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Irvin-Rahaim is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Brooke Ellen Ritter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
5830 W Cypress Street; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brooke Ritter is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Ritter's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Ritter honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Ritter attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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

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

Dr. Rizwanuddin Mohammed Farooqi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1919 W Swann Avenue; Floor 3
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rizwanuddin Farooqi works as a family practitioner in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Farooqi include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of St. Matthew's University School of Medicine. Dr. Farooqi's training includes a residency program at The Toledo Hospital. Dr. Farooqi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Back Pain, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Joint Injections

Dr. Tara Lynn Sosna, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4202 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tara Sosna is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Sosna performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Clinical interests for Dr. Sosna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sosna's hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Frank D Mastandrea, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 400
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Frank Mastandrea's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Mastandrea is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, and biofeedback. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mastandrea honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Mastandrea attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Sexual Dysfunction, Infertility, Biofeedback, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ira Allan Riemer, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4202 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ira Riemer's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, sexual dysfunction, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Dr. Riemer honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Riemer studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. James C Mayer, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. James Mayer's specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, infertility, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Mayer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Mayer has received include Best Doctors; Best Doctors Inc; and APGO/Educational Scholar Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Mayer is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Infertility, Minimally Invasive Surgery

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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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