Teens in Toronto can now text their way to accurate sexual health information

Planned Parenthood Toronto launches Canada's first personalized sexual health texting service for teens

TORONTO, May 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Planned Parenthood Toronto launched a new text messaging service this spring that lets teens connect directly with trained peer volunteers for personalized answers to their sexual health questions.

A first in Canada, the text messaging service is targeted to youth aged 13-19 and provides reliable sexual health information directly to teens through their mobile phones. Teens can anonymously text questions about relationships, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, puberty, or other sexual health topics to 647-933-5399 and receive answers from peer volunteers.

A key feature of this new service is that it allows for back-and-forth text conversations between teens and peer volunteers. This means that teens have the opportunity to seek clarification if there's anything they don't understand or to ask further questions.

"We're incredibly excited to launch this new service because we know that texting is popular among teens," said Sarah Hobbs-Blyth, Executive Director, "It became clear that texting  is something we needed to offer to make it easier for teens to get sexual information they need and can trust to be accurate. It's important to us at Planned Parenthood Toronto to be on the cutting edge of using new technology to offer innovative programming and services."

Part of Planned Parenthood Toronto's Teen Health Source, the new texting service is just one way that teens can become informed so they can make choices that work for them. Teen Health Source includes a comprehensive new sexual health website at www.teenhealthsource.com as well as peer education services. Teens can reach peer volunteers directly by text at 647-933-5399, by phone at 416-961-3200, and by email or MSN instant messenger at teenhealthsource@ppt.on.ca. Volunteers are available to answer questions 5 days a week, on Monday to Wednesday from 4-9pm and Saturday to Sunday from 12-6pm.

Planned Parenthood Toronto is a community-based, pro-choice agency that provides programs and services promoting healthy sexuality, reproductive health and informed decision-making to youth (aged 13-29) and women in the City of Toronto.

SOURCE Planned Parenthood Toronto

For further information:

About Planned Parenthood Toronto or to set up an interview with
Sarah Hobbs-Blyth, Executive Director, please contact Dianna Amaral at:
416.961.0113 ext. 124 or damaral@ppt.on.ca

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