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NEW MEXICO: New Mexico Launches Texting Service for Sex Ed




 

MobiHealthNews (09.18.2013)

Last week, the New Mexico Department of Health launched a new sexual health texting service for teens and parents called “BrdsNBz” that offered teens an alternative to discussing sexual health with their parents. The service, available in both English and Spanish, also offered guidance to parents regarding talking to their children about sex. New Mexico based its program on a similar texting service that North Carolina’s Health Department launched in 2009 and that led to a study that analyzed the types of questions that teens wanted answered. New Mexico’s program hoped to remove the anxiety of asking questions because individuals thought they should already know the answer. To participate in the program, teens text “NMTeen” and parents text “NMParent” to the hotline at 66746, and a trained health educator will respond with an answer within 24 hours.



 


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