We found 47 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Homestead, FL.

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Dr. Rafael E Carrion, MD
Specializes in Urology
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Carrion is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Carrion's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Carrion include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). 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. He has received the distinction of Leadership, AUA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Carrion's professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), sexual dysfunction, infertility, female sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Bladder Problems, in Vitro Fertilization, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Penile Duplex ... (Read more)

Dr. Shayne M Plosker, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2 Tampa General Circle; 6th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shayne Plosker practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Plosker include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Plosker's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Plosker has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; President's Club of the University of South Florida, President's Council; and US News & World Report Top 10% of Doctors, Nationwide.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Neuroendocrine Disorders, Endometrial Polyp, Fibroids, Endometriosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Joseph Swierzewski, MD
Specializes in Urology
2803 West Saint Isabel Street
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Swierzewski's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, bleeding, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). He 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. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Swierzewski performed his residency at Lahey Clinic, Strong Memorial Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), erectile dysfunction (impotence), sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Cystocele, Neurostimulation, Bleeding, Erectile Dysfunction, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lazaro Andres Hernandez, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
2309 W M L King Boulevard; Suite 1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lazaro Hernandez works as a general gynecologist in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hernandez include biopsy, infertility, and cryosurgery. He 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. Dr. Hernandez's education and training includes medical school at the University of Havana School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hernandez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Laser Surgery, Infertility, Biopsy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Catherine Lynn Cowart, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 307
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Catherine Cowart's specialties are reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. She practices in Tampa, FL. Dr. Cowart attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cowart include microsurgery, sexual dysfunction, and infertility. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Cowart speaks French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Microsurgery, Hysteroscopy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Helena Reichman, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 307
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Helena Reichman is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Reichman's average rating from Dr. Reichman's patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Reichman's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and endometrial ablation. Dr. Reichman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Reichman is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Reichman has received professional recognition including the following: Ama Physician Recognition Award. Dr. Reichman is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Reichman is affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Sonja L Perkins, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 405
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sonja Perkins, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perkins include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Perkins attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Kilbride, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2818 West Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Kilbride is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kilbride include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and cryosurgery. Her professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kilbride honors. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Kilbride's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, Infertility, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura S Schifino, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2818 W Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Laura Dill practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Tampa, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Dill is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dill takes. Dr. Dill attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She trained at Shands HealthCare for her residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kiera M Irvin-Rahaim, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 305
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kiera Irvin-Rahaim's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Irvin-Rahaim accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rizwanuddin Mohammed Farooqi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1919 W Swann Avenue; Floor 3
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rizwanuddin Farooqi works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Farooqi (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. His areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). Dr. Farooqi's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and BayCare Medical Group. Before performing his residency at The Toledo Hospital, Dr. Farooqi attended St. Matthew's University School of Medicine. Dr. Farooqi honors 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: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Back Pain, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Joint Injections

Dr. Tara Lynn Sosna, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4202 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tara Sosna practices general obstetrics & gynecology. She obtained her medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. These areas are among Dr. Sosna's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Patient ratings for Dr. Sosna average 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Sosna is affiliated with Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank D Mastandrea, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 400
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Frank Mastandrea is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, and biofeedback. Patient ratings for Dr. Mastandrea average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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 St. Louis University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Mastandrea has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Sexual Dysfunction, Infertility, Biofeedback, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ira Allan Riemer, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4202 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ira Riemer's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Riemer's areas of expertise include the following: high risk pregnancy, sexual dysfunction, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). He is professionally affiliated with Women's Care Florida, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Riemer average 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. James C Mayer, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. James Mayer is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Patient ratings for Dr. Mayer average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mayer's areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery, infertility, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Mayer attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors; Best Doctors Inc; and APGO/Educational Scholar Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Infertility, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Betsy Alynn McCormick, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 305
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Betsy McCormick is a reproductive endocrinologist in Tampa, FL, Temple Terrace, FL, and Clearwater, FL. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: infertility, endometrial biopsy, and gynecologic surgery. Dr. McCormick 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. Dr. McCormick graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Endometrial Biopsy, Gynecologic Surgery

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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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