We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Plan near Fairfield, CA.

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Dr. Marlene Elizabeth Hargreaves, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2702 Low Court; Department of Ob/gyn
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Marlene Freeman works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. On average, patients gave Dr. Freeman a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Freeman studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frederick C Blair, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1234 Empire Street
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Frederick Blair works as a general OB/GYN. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Blair accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Blair attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility

All Interests: Colposcopy, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after ... (Read more)

Dr. Bien-Aimee Nguyen Lau, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2720 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Bien-Aimee Lau is a dermatologist in Fairfield, CA. Dr. Lau is especially interested in skin issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Lau studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Lau is conversant in Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , herpes

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Herpes, Rosacea, Scabies, Shingles, Mole Removal, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret Elizabeth Vincent, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2720 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Vincent is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in internal medicine and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Vincent is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Vincent trained at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Internal Medicine, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Dr. Julie Ann Chen, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2702 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Julie Chen is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Dr. Chen's clinical interests include eye problems. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish. Dr. Chen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Trabeculectomy, Eye Trauma, Cataract Surgery, Facial Problems, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jianyu Xu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2720 Low Court
Fairfield, CA
 

Dr. Jianyu Xu is an adult endocrinologist. She speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Cantonese. Dr. Xu's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. Before performing her residency at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Dr. Xu attended Fujian Medical University for medical school. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Diabetes, Hirsutism, Thyroid Nodules, Metabolism, ... (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.
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