We found 50 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Rafael E Carrion, MD
Specializes in Urology
2 Tampa General Circle; 6th Floor, Usf Department of Urology
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Carrion is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: urge incontinence (overactive bladder), peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Carrion attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the following distinction: Leadership, AUA. Dr. Carrion speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is accepting 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
13330 Usf Laurel Drive, Sarasota; Floor 34239
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shayne Plosker practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Plosker include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. Patients gave Dr. Plosker an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, endometriosis, 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 is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Tampa, FL, Orlando, FL, and Lutz, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, bleeding, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). 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. Dr. Swierzewski attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Lahey Clinic, Strong Memorial Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a general gynecologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hernandez include biopsy, infertility, and cryosurgery. Dr. Hernandez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Havana School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He speaks Spanish. He 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: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Laser Surgery, Infertility, Biopsy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Catherine Cowart is an infertility specialist and gynecologist. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Cowart include microsurgery, sexual dysfunction, and infertility. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cowart accepts. Before performing her residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Cowart attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Cowart speaks French. Her professional 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 specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Reichman graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then Dr. Reichman performed Dr. Reichman's residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Reichman include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and endometrial ablation. Patient ratings for Dr. Reichman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reichman 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. Reichman has received the distinction of Ama Physician Recognition Award. In addition to English, Dr. Reichman speaks 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), endometriosis

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

Dr. Emad Mounir Mikhail, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33610
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Emad Mikhail's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mikhail include laparoscopic hysterectomy, myomectomy (fibroid removal), and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Mikhail takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Mikhail has received the following distinctions: AAGL Clinical Research Scholar Grant, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists; Award for the Best Abstract on Reproductive Issues, AAGL 44th Global Congress on MIGS; and Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology, University of Toledo. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endometriosis

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Surgical Procedures, Pelvic Problems, Gynecological Problems, Fibroids, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sonja Perkins is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Perkins's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She 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. 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, Dr. Perkins speaks Spanish. 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. Kathleen Kilbride, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2818 West Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Kilbride sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She is rated highly by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kilbride include high risk pregnancy, infertility, and cryosurgery. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Kilbride completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). 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: , 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 works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Dill attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Dill trained at Shands HealthCare. Clinical interests for Dr. Dill include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Dill accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional 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, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Irvin-Rahaim include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She speaks Spanish. Dr. Irvin-Rahaim 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. Brooke Ellen Ritter, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
5830 W Cypress Street; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brooke Ritter works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Ritter's professional affiliations include Women's Care Florida and Morton Plant Hospital. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Sacred Heart Hospital's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Ritter average 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ritter honors.

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

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rizwanuddin Farooqi's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Farooqi's areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at The Toledo Hospital. Dr. Farooqi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Farooqi's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

Dr. Giselle Barreau Ghurani, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 307
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Giselle Ghurani practices gynecologic oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ghurani include labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, and gynecologic cancer. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghurani attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , endometriosis

All Interests: Vaginoplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Postmenopause, Labiaplasty, Incontinence, Gynecologic Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Tara Sosna is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Sosna's average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Sosna's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She is conversant in 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. Frank D Mastandrea, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 400
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Frank Mastandrea's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mastandrea's clinical interests include prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, and biofeedback. 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. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mastandrea completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the following distinction: 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)

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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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