We found 5 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Cigna near Staten Island, NY.

Dr. George Dimitrios Kofinas, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. George Kofinas specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Before performing his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and New York Methodist Hospital, Dr. Kofinas attended the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Kofinas's clinical interests: infertility, fibroids, and endometriosis. The average patient rating for Dr. Kofinas is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Kofinas (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and French. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization, Laparoscopic Surgery, Fibroids, Endometriosis

Dr. Mark Laurence Defazio, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2889 Amboy Road
Staten Island, NY

Dr. Mark Defazio works as a general OB/GYN in Brooklyn, NY and Staten Island, NY. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Dr. Defazio's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), colposcopy, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Italian. Dr. Defazio is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Infertility, Cryosurgery, Incontinence, Vaginal Birth after ... (Read more)

Dr. Ira Frank Greenspun, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
20 Dorothy Street
Staten Island, NY

Dr. Ira Greenspun practices psychology in Staten Island, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: behavioral medicine, behavior therapy, and systematic desensitization. Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Greenspun takes. Dr. Greenspun is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality

All Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Systematic Desensitization, Phobias, Men's Health Issues, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Laurence Lamie Rezkalla, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
124 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Laurence Rezkalla's areas of specialization are general practice and general internal medicine; he sees patients in Brooklyn, NY. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Dr. Rezkalla is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Vytra, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Rezkalla studied medicine at Assiut University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Rezkalla (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Italian.

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

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Hypertension, Colon Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems, ... (Read more)

Tracy Elizabeth Phillips
Specializes in Social Work
2795 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Ms. Tracy Phillips' area of specialization is social work. Areas of expertise for Ms. Phillips include depression, narrative therapy, and adjustment disorders. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Group Health Incorporated (GHI), as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gender identity

All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Employee Assistance Programs, Gay and Lesbian Issues, ... (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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