San Francisco is using text messages to communicate with young people about safe sex practices. Users can simply send the text message “sexinfo” and receive a reply with choices of question categories.
“Most youth get their information from their friends. … They’re winging it, trying to figure it out for themselves.” Michelle Irving, a peer educator at the health department, said that many teens do not visit clinics and are “afraid to ask questions,” but with the text messaging service “[t]hey don’t have to talk to someone if they think they’re pregnant or their condom broke”
From Kaiser Family Foundation’s Daily HIV/AIDS report.April 26, 2006