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We found 19 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Temple, TX.

Dr. Jose Francisco Pliego, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2401 South 31st Street; Dept Ob - gyn
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jose Pliego's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Pliego 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 studied medicine at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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 is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pliego is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF)

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

Dr. Sharon Louise Barber, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1402 W Avenue H
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sharon Barber's medical specialty is family medicine. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Barber attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She 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. Dr. Barber is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy, Biopsy, Hypothyroidism, Skin Lesions

Dr. Jorge Edwardo Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1402 West Avenue H
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jorge Sanchez's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Sanchez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Sanchez attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Vasectomy, Biopsy, Ingrown Toenails, Laryngoscopy, Skin Issues, Sports Injuries, Joint Injections

Dr. Thomas John Wincek, MD, PhD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2401 S 31st St /; Dept Ob - gyn
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Wincek's specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wincek's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Scott & White Healthcare. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Wincek obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF)

All Interests: Infertility, in Vitro Fertilization

Dr. Erin Travis Bird, MBA, MD
Specializes in Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Surgery, Div of Urolog
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Erin Bird is an urologist and female pelvic medicine specialist in Temple, TX and Killeen, TX. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bird accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bird 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

Dr. Kevin Paul Huddleston, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Huddleston practices obstetrics & gynecology. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Huddleston completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Huddleston is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Huddleston takes 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 OB/Gyn Award for Excellence in Resident Education.

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Relevant Interests: , Essure

All Interests: Essure, Menstrual Disorders, Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Dr. Lorry Davis Thornton, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
409 West Adams
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lorry Thornton's areas of specialization are family medicine and emergency medicine; she sees patients in Harker Heights, TX, Belton, TX, and Temple, TX. Dr. Thornton accepts United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Contraception, Pap Test, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Joanna K Stacey, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Joanna Stacey is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Stacey takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Carilion Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Essure

All Interests: Cervical Dysplasia, Essure, Ablation, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Bourque is an urologist. Dr. Bourque is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. His distinctions 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.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

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

Dr. Lauren Smith's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. She 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. Dr. Smith graduated from 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. Javier R Kane, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Javier Kane is a physician who specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Kane is a graduate of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Austin's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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. In addition to English, Dr. Kane 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
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Guy Grayson's medical specialty is pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Grayson attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His distinctions include: 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

Dr. David Wenkert, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. David Wenkert's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Wenkert speaks French. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Wenkert trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Wenkert 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 distinction: Phi Beta Kappa.

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Relevant Interests: , hypogonadism

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Osteoporosis, Hypogonadism, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alan Howell's specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Howell is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His residency was performed at Scott and White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

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

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

Dr. Karen Brust is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Brust is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Brust attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Brust include: Texas Rising Stars and Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Scott & White Hospital, Temple, TX. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS

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

Dr. Melissa Delario works as a pediatric hematologist and pediatric oncologist in Waco, TX, Temple, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Delario is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 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.