We found 9 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Cigna near West Islip, NY.

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Dr. Angelica Maria Hernandez Sr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
320 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Angelica Hernandez works as a general gynecologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: genital warts, menopause, and contraception (birth control). The average patient rating for Dr. Hernandez is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hernandez is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Hernandez attended medical school at the University of Valle. She is professionally affiliated with St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital, and Southside Hospital. Dr. Hernandez is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HPV (human papillomavirus), genital herpes

All Interests: Menopause, Cervix Problems, Hysteroscopy, Urinary Incontinence, Genital Warts, Contraception, Pap ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 Wicks Road
Brentwood, NY
 

Dr. Nicholas Kleopoulos practices general obstetrics & gynecology. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Danbury Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Kleopoulos's areas of expertise include menopause, pre-eclampsia, and amenorrhea (missed periods). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, HealthSmart, Viant, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Kleopoulos (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. Dr. Kleopoulos is professionally affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HPV (human papillomavirus), genital herpes, HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Warts, Colposcopy, Amenorrhea, Cryosurgery, Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, Cervix ... (Read more)

Dr. John Anthony Pallotta, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
320 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. John Pallotta practices general gynecology. Dr. Pallotta (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. These areas are among his clinical interests: genital warts, menopause, and contraception (birth control). He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HPV (human papillomavirus), genital herpes

All Interests: Menopause, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Urinary Incontinence, Genital Warts, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jacqueline Ann Ammirata, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
320 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Jacqueline Ammirata's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ammirata include genital warts, menopause, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Ammirata accepts several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Before completing her residency at Nassau University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Ammirata attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Southside Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HPV (human papillomavirus), genital herpes

All Interests: Menopause, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Urinary Incontinence, Genital Warts, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Eleanor Lockhart, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
320 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Maria Lockhart is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in West Islip, NY. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lockhart's clinical interests: laparoscopic hysterectomy, genital warts, and menopause. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Viant. Before completing her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Lockhart attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lockhart (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HPV (human papillomavirus), genital herpes

All Interests: Menopause, Cervix Problems, Hysteroscopy, Urinary Incontinence, Genital Warts, Contraception, Pap ... (Read more)

Dr. Margarita Jurak, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
320 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Margarita Jurak is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in West Islip, NY. Dr. Jurak is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include laparoscopic hysterectomy, genital warts, and high risk pregnancy. She is affiliated with NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens. Dr. Jurak is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. She graduated from Medical Academy of Latvia and then she performed her residency at North Shore University Hospital and Queens Hospital Center. Dr. Jurak (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus)

All Interests: Cervix Problems, Hysteroscopy, Genital Warts, Contraception, HPV, Ectopic Pregnancy, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Surgery, Adult Hepatology
15 Park Avenue
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Priya Grewal is an adult gastroenterologist, transplant surgeon, and adult hepatologist in New York, NY and Bay Shore, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Grewal include hepatitis B vaccine, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grewal takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Grewal's office for an appointment. Dr. Grewal is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala. Dr. Grewal trained at Evanston Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Grewal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Wilson's Disease, Upper Endoscopy, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Zinger, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
8 Corporate Center Drive; Suite 101
Melville, NY
 

Dr. Michael Zinger works as a reproductive endocrinologist in Melville, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and Lake Success, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zinger include infertility. Patients gave Dr. Zinger an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Coresource, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his professional training, Dr. Zinger completed a residency program at North Shore University Hospital. His distinctions include: New York Super Doctors and Merck Senior Fellows Award for Outstanding Research, The Endocrine Society. Dr. Zinger (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Czech, and Russian. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

Lisa Murphy
Specializes in Social Work
83 Fire Island Avenue
Babylon, NY
 

Ms. Lisa Murphy practices social work in Babylon, NY and Miller Place, NY. Her areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, depression, and infertility. She honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Ms. Murphy's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Infertility, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, ... (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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