We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas near Killeen, TX.

Specializes in Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
2405 S. Clear Creek Road; Suite 350
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Erin Bird, who practices in Temple, TX and Killeen, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease) and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Bird has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bird accepts. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha; and Merck Medical Graduate Award, Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Incontinence, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Urodynamics, Urethral Stricture

Specializes in Family Medicine
3801 Scott and White Drive
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Christine Bridges sees patients in Killeen, TX. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Bridges attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bridges accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Intrauterine Device, Injections, Trigger Points

Specializes in Family Medicine
3801 S&w Drive
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Hubert specializes in family medicine and practices in Killeen, TX. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. Dr. Hubert is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Vasectomy, Intrauterine Device

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2405 S. Clear Creek Road
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Javier Kane specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. Dr. Kane completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of Austin. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kane include: Outstanding Clinical Improvement Award, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Presidential Award for Clinical Excellence, The University of Texas Health Science Center; and Texas Champion in End of Life Care Award, Texas Partnership for End-of-Life Care. Dr. Kane is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Hemophilia, Cancer, Anemia, Abnormal Bleeding, Blood Clots, Thrombocytopenia

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2405 S. Clear Creek Road
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Guy Grayson is a medical specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Grayson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha; Tumor Immunology Training Grant, 1988-1990; and American Cancer Society Institutional Grant, 1992-1993.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Hemophilia, Cancer, Anemia, Abnormal Bleeding, Blood Clots, Thrombocytopenia

Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
3801 Scott & White Drive; East Side Entrance
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Rachel Dawson works as an adolescent medicine specialist. Dr. Dawson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Dawson is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. Dr. Dawson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Intrauterine Device

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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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