We found 14 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Michael A Dennis Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Dennis is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dennis include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Dennis accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. For his residency, Dr. Dennis trained at Shands HealthCare. He has received distinctions including Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society.. Dr. Dennis is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Pelvic Problems, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory M Christman, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Christman is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist in Gainesville, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Christman include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and fibroids. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Christman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Christman studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His medical residency was performed at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He has received distinctions including US News and World Report - Top 1% of US Reproductive Endocrinologists and 2001-Present - America's Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, endometriosis

All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Fibroids, Endometriosis

Dr. Alice Sue Rhoton-Vlasak, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100371
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak works as a reproductive endocrinologist. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for her residency. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak's clinical interests encompass polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and primary amenorrhea. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Primary Amenorrhea, Ovarian Disease, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Robert Stanford Williams, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. R. Williams, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. His clinical interests include menopause, infertility, and fibroids. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Williams attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Williams is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, endometriosis

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Hormone Therapy, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Menopause, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Adele Coleman, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100294
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Green works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. In her practice, Dr. Green focuses on pregnancy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Green graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then she performed her residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Green include: WEED Army Community Hospital- Army Commendation Medal; Tripler Army Medical Center-Outstanding Resident on Reproductive Endocrinology Rotation; and Tripler Army Medical Center-Outstanding Resident Research Project. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Sexual Dysfunction, Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Patricia Ellen Durning, PhD
Specializes in Health Psychology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Durning's specialty is health psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durning include infertility. Dr. Durning is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

Dr. Angelina Valladares Valladares, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1699 Sw 16th Avenue; Children's Medical Services Building
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Angelina Bernier practices pediatric endocrinology. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bernier include diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and metabolic syndrome. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Bernier has received the distinction of National Hispanic Scholar Hall of Fame Inductee. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Denise Constance Schain, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Denise Schain is an adult infectious disease specialist. Her areas of expertise consist of urinary tract infection (UTI), sepsis (blood poisoning), and abdominal abscess. Dr. Schain is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Schain honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Sepsis, Abdominal Abscess, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Shehla Peshimam Peshimam, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Shehla Islam is a specialist in adult infectious disease. She works in Gainesville, FL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in pulmonary tuberculosis, urinary tract infection (UTI), and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Islam is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Islam completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: MRSA Infection, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Urinary Tract Infection

Dr. Jennifer Claire Janelle, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Janelle's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Her areas of expertise include HIV/AIDS. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Janelle attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her distinctions include: 2015-16: Inclusion in Best Doctors in America 2015-2016 Database; the University of Florida Department of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award; and the University of Florida Department of Medicine Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching Award. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Infections

Dr. Robert M Lawrence, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Infectious Disease
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Lawrence is a medical specialist in pediatric infectious disease. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lawrence include pulmonary tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Lawrence is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and a graduate of Montefiore Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Lawrence is professionally affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Dr. Robert Lewis Cook, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Cook's specialty is general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include preventive care and HIV/AIDS. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Cook takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MyBlue, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Cook graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cook trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He has received distinctions including Distinguished Service Award, Health Science Center Division, University of Florida; Delta Omega, Honorary Soceity of Public Health, Faculty member, University of Florida; and Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Preventive Care, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Dr. Ryan Wesley Nall, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Ryan Nall is an internist in Gainesville, FL. His clinical interests encompass preventive care and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Nall is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Nall completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nall takes. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Nall include: David Calkins Division of General Medicine Public Advocacy Award; Gold Humanism Honor Society; and Alpha Omega Alpha.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Preventive Care, HIV/AIDS, Infections

Dr. Shannon Ortiz Large, DNP
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4001 Sw 13th Street
Gainesville, FL
 

Ms. Shannon Large is a general internist in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: alcohol abuse, hypertension (high blood pressure), and HIV/AIDS. Ms. Large is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, HIV/AIDS, Allergies, Hypertension

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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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