We found 8 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 103 near Garland, TX.

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Specializes in Urology
9440 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Margarita Kressin specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Sunnyvale, TX and Dallas, TX. Her education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kressin include erectile dysfunction (impotence) and penile implant. Dr. Kressin takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Penile Implant

Specializes in Psychology
777 Walter Reed Boulevard; Suite 305
Garland, TX
 

Dr. James Quinn is a psychologist. These areas are among Dr. Quinn's clinical interests: depression, psychopharmacology, and phobias. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quinn accepts. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, gender identity

All Interests: Depression, Psychopharmacology, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Men's Health Issues, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. James E Schermerhorn, MD
Specializes in Other, General Gynecology
1151 N Buckner Boulevard; Suite 206
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. James Schermerhorn specializes in general gynecology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Schermerhorn's areas of expertise include the following: vaginal atrophy, menopause, and menstrual disorders. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Schermerhorn trained at Baylor University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Schermerhorn is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , female infertility, infertility

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Gynecologic Procedures, Pelvic Ultrasound, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jairo Rafael Olivares, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
530 Clara Barton; Suite 250
Garland, TX
 

Dr. Jairo Olivares is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Olivares's areas of expertise include bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), pituitary tumor surgery, and vulvar cancer. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, and Texas Oncology. Before completing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Olivares attended medical school at the University of Cartagena Faculty of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Olivares accepts. Dr. Olivares has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Cancer, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Manish Gupta, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
530 Clara Barton; Suite 250
Garland, TX
 

Dr. Manish Gupta is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), vulvar cancer, and intravesical chemotherapy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gupta takes. His education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Cancer, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sashidhar Narapa Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
530 Clara Barton; Suite 250
Garland, TX
 

Dr. Sashidhar Reddy is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. His areas of expertise include bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy), vulvar cancer, and intravesical chemotherapy. Dr. Reddy is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Oncology. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Vulvar Cancer, Rectal Problems, Abdominal Cancer, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Anne Garner, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
3310 Broadway Boulevard
Garland, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Garner is a Garland, TX physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Garner include port-wine stains, acne, and hemangioma. Dr. Garner is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall and Children's Health (Texas). She obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Patients rated Dr. Garner highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes

All Interests: Warts, Atopic Dermatitis, Herpes, Birthmarks, Hair Loss, Keloids, Mycosis Fungoides, Molluscum ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2241 Peggy Lane; Suite E
Garland, TX
 

Dr. Claire Brenner works as an adult infectious disease specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Brenner average 3.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include travel medicine, wounds, and HIV/AIDS. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brenner's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Wounds, HIV/AIDS, Travel Medicine

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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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