A new text service offers teens a way to ask questions about sex that they otherwise might feel too embarrassed to ask. The Birds & Bees Text Line, based out of the Adolescent Pregnancy Campaign of North Carolina, does not offer medical advice but does answer questions like, "What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?" or "Where can I get condoms?"
Although it can only accept texts from phones within the state, this service is one of many currently experimenting with using text messages to communicate health information to youth. Another is SEXINFO in San Francisco, whose work is similar to that of The Birds & Bees.