We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Humana PPO near Tampa, FL.

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

Dr. Shayne Plosker practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL. He graduated from The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Plosker's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Clinical interests for Dr. Plosker include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. The average patient rating for Dr. Plosker is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Plosker takes. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Plosker include: 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 affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Plosker's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

Dr. Justin Lewis Parker, MD
Specializes in Urology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Justin Parker is an urologist. His areas of expertise include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Parker honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Parker attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Sexual Dysfunction, Transurethral Resection of the ... (Read more)

Dr. Lucas Ross Wiegand, MD
Specializes in Urology
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 4th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lucas Wiegand practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Tampa, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wiegand include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and neurogenic bladder. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Wiegand obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Neurogenic Bladder, Peyronie's Disease

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

Dr. James Mayer sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. On average, patients gave Dr. Mayer a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery, infertility, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Mayer has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Mayer has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors; Best Doctors Inc; and APGO/Educational Scholar Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

Dr. David Allen Rapkin, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6th Floor, Usf Department of Ob/gyn; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Rapkin is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Rapkin focuses on pregnancy and vaginal problems. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Rapkin 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. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rapkin completed a residency program at Magee Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Vaginal Problems, Menstrual Disorders, Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Dr. Karen L Bruder, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
5802 North 30th Street
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karen Bruder sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include the following: obesity, HPV (human papillomavirus), and 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. Bruder takes. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She trained at New York Downtown Hospital for her residency. Dr. Bruder is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HPV, Obesity, HIV/AIDS

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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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