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Chat/Text allows young people with questions about their sexual and reproductive health to converse live with a trained health educator in real time, using text messaging or instant messaging.
It is the largest service of its kind, with users from all 50 states and more than one million conversations held since it started in 2010.
The study showed that 21 percent of females and 35 percent of males didn’t receive any information about birth control in school or from their parents.
Planned Parenthood is committed to finding new ways to reach people wherever they are with information, resources, and connections to health care.
“We previously found chatting with an educator can lower people’s anxiety, and in this study we find it also helps young people identify and plan to take the next best step for them in taking care of their health.
Seventy-nine percent of users are 15-24 years old (the age range for which the program was designed) and 91 percent are 29 years old or younger. As the nation’s largest provider of sex education, Planned Parenthood provides sex education programs and outreach to 1.5 million people in schools and communities across the country every year.“At a time when fewer young people are getting sex education in schools, it’s important that there are places online where they can get accurate answers to their questions.Chat/Text provides personalized, evidence-based conversations with health educators in real time for young people who need accurate, compassionate sexual and reproductive health information that is relevant to their experiences.We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.The Rutgers School of Public Health is New Jersey’s only accredited school of public health that seeks to improve health and prevent disease in diverse populations in New Jersey and around the world through educating students to become well-qualified and effective public health leaders, researchers, and practitioners; conducting research to advance public health science and policies; and providing service programs that promote population and individual health.