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Dr. Michael A. Dennis Jr. MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.16 stars (6 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100247
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Dennis' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Dennis include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dennis trained at Shands HealthCare for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Florida Urological Society and Southeastern Section of the American Urological Society..

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Bladder Cancer, Urinary Tract ... (Read more)

Dr. R. Stan Williams MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
average rating 2.89 stars (7 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. R. Williams is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist in Gainesville, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Williams include menopause, infertility, and fibroids. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Williams is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, endometriosis

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

Gregory M. Christman MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Christman is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. These areas are among his clinical interests: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and fibroids. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Christman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics' residency program. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include US News and World Report - Top 1% of US Reproductive Endocrinologists and 2001-Present - America's Top Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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

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

Dr. Alice S. Rhoton-Vlasak MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
average rating 2.35 stars (5 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road; Box 100371
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak is an infertility specialist. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and primary amenorrhea. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She 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. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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

All Interests: Infertility, Primary Amenorrhea, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Patricia E. Durning PHD
Specializes in Health Psychology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Durning's specialty is health psychology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include infertility. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Durning is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

Ms. Angelina Valladares Bernier MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1600 Sw Archer Road; #100296
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Angelina Bernier is a pediatric endocrinologist. In her practice, Dr. Bernier focuses on diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and metabolic syndrome. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Bernier completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She has received the following distinction: National Hispanic Scholar Hall of Fame Inductee. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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

Dr. Shehla Islam is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Her areas of expertise consist of pulmonary tuberculosis, urinary tract infection (UTI), and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Islam is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Islam is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

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

Dr. Denise C. Schain MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
average rating 4.87 stars (2 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Denise Schain is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. She has a special interest in urinary tract infection (UTI), sepsis (blood poisoning), and abdominal abscess. Dr. Schain is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Janelle's specialty is adult infectious disease. In her practice, she is particularly interested in HIV/AIDS. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Janelle performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Janelle has received 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 sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is pediatric infectious disease. His areas of expertise include pulmonary tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Lawrence is professionally affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Infections

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

Dr. Ryan Nall's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Nall's areas of expertise include preventive care and HIV/AIDS. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nall takes. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nall trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 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

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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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