Using text messages to provide sex info to teens

A new program, created by AIDS Community Care Montreal, allows teens to text their questions about sex to trained counsellors who then send back accurate, reliable and non-judgmental answers and information.

Called Sext Ed, the free program gives teens a way to ask questions anonymously: the person’s cell phone number is not seen by the counsellors, but is instead transformed into a user name like BillSmith81. Then, the counsellors don’t have the number but can see if a person has requested follow-up information or asked another question.

As well, the organization has created a website, http://sexted.org, where visitors can get answers to frequently asked questions about sex and discover health and sexuality resources in and around Montreal.

Questions can be sent by text to (514) 700-0445.