We found 11 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Temple, TX.

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Dr. Jason D Bourque, MD
Specializes in Urology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jason Bourque, who practices in Temple, TX and Waco, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Bourque is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. For his professional training, Dr. Bourque completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bourque include: Dr. Richard Vial Memorial Scholarship, Academic Merit Based during 3rd year Med School; Dr. Sandi Rottschafer Memorial Scholarship - Academic Merit based during 2nd year of Med School; and Gold Probe Award, Highest Grade in Gross Anatomy. He is conversant in French. Dr. Bourque is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer

Dr. Jose F Pliego, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Obstetrics
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jose Pliego is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Pliego is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Pliego include: Best Doctors in America, 2011-2012, 2009-2010, 2005-2006, 2003-2004; Outstanding Clinical Faculty in OB/GYN, Texas A&M College of Medicine, 2004, 1997, 1996; and Elected to the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Council. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization, Reconstructive Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Pelvic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas J Wincek, MD, PhD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Obgyn
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Wincek's specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. Wincek's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member. Dr. Wincek is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization

Dr. Lauren Quirk Smith, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Attn: 3a/obg; Attn: 3a/obg
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lauren Smith works as a general OB/GYN in Temple, TX. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Smith studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Sangeetha Ranganath, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sangeetha Ranganath is an adult infectious disease specialist. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO. She attended medical school at JSS Medical College, Mysore. Dr. Ranganath's training includes a residency program at Long Island College Hospital. She has received the following distinction: Research award, 1st Annual research day, Scott and White Hospital, Temple, TX. Dr. Ranganath (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Ranganath is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD) and Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Endocarditis, Tuberculosis, Fever, Joint Infection, Osteomyelitis, HIV/AIDS, Sepsis

Dr. Javier R Kane, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Javier Kane practices pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric hematology, and pediatric oncology. Dr. Kane is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He trained at Children's Hospital of Austin for his residency. Dr. Kane has received distinctions including 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. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

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

Dr. Guy Howard Grayson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Guy Grayson's areas of specialization are pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Grayson honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha; Tumor Immunology Training Grant, 1988-1990; and American Cancer Society Institutional Grant, 1992-1993. 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

Dr. Karen Blanton Brust, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Infectious Disease
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Karen Brust practices adult infectious disease in Temple, TX. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Brust trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for her residency. She has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Scott & White Hospital, Temple, TX. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Brust is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS

Dr. Alan Clifford Howell, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Alan Howell is an adult infectious disease specialist. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at Scott and White Healthcare. Dr. Howell is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Endocarditis, Fever, HIV/AIDS, Travel Medicine

Dr. Manjusha J Gaglani, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Manjusha Gaglani is a medical specialist in pediatric infectious disease. Dr. Gaglani trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland for residency. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Scott & White Department of Pediatrics, Excellence in Research Award, 2012, 2005. Dr. Gaglani (or staff) speaks Marathi, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Fever, HIV/AIDS, Recurrent Infections

Dr. Melissa R Delario, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Melissa Delario is a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Delario honors. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Delario attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. She is professionally 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

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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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