We found 7 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 has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Plosker's clinical interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Plosker graduated from The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Plosker has received the following distinctions: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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 obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Rapkin has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of pregnancy and vaginal problems. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rapkin honors. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Magee Women's Hospital, Dr. Rapkin attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

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

Dr. Lucas Wiegand specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise consist of peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Wiegand 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. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Wiegand is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

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

Dr. Justin Parker is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Parker include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Parker's practice is open to 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. James C Mayer, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. James Mayer is a physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Patient ratings for Dr. Mayer average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery, infertility, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Best Doctors; Best Doctors Inc; and APGO/Educational Scholar Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Mayer is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Karen Bruder works as a general OB/GYN in Tampa, FL. Dr. Bruder's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, HPV (human papillomavirus), and HIV/AIDS. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New York Downtown Hospital. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She has an open panel.

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

All Interests: HPV, Obesity, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Diane M Straub, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Diane Straub practices adolescent medicine in Tampa, FL. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Straub attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Straub's areas of expertise include the following: bulimia, scoliosis, and thyroid problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Straub's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Depression, Amenorrhea, Substance Abuse, Chronic Headache, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue ... (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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