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We found 3 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Coventry HMO near Akron, OH.

Dr. Kurtis Charles Dornan MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
55 Arch Street; Suite 3a
Akron, OH
(330) 375-3584

Dr. Kurtis Dornan works as a family medicine physician. Dr. Dornan has a special interest in preventive care and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Summa Health System. Patient ratings for Dr. Dornan average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dornan takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , reproductive health

All Interests: obstetrics, reproductive health issues, women's health and pediatrics, Acute Care Medicine, Family ... (Read more)

Dr. Sumit Sharma MD, BA
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases (Retina and Vitreous)
1 Park West Boulevard; Mail Code i32
Akron, OH
(330) 864-8060

Dr. Sumit Sharma's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of expertise include vitreous detachment, scleral buckle, and clinical trials. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Sharma completed his residency training at Cole Eye Institute. He has received professional recognition including the following: Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Award; Heed Fellowship Award; and Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology Travel Grant. Dr. Sharma (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Sharma's hospital/clinic affiliations include Duke University Hospital, Durham VA Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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All Interests: Eye Injuries, Floaters And Flashes, Histoplasmosis, Hla B27 Associated Uveitis, Infectious & ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
2640 W Market Street
Fairlawn, OH
(330) 864-1916; (440) 943-2500

Dr. Sigmund Norr works as a general pediatrician. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Norr's clinical interests include warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Norr's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), chlamydia

All Interests: Primary Care Pediatrics, Medication Allergies, Aerosol Treatments - Pediatric, Eczema, ADHD, ... (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.