Most teens want to talk to adults about sex about as much as they want to go to summer school.
Asking questions during class in front of peers is intimidating and
embarrassing. So where can they turn for information? The Talking Sex Together (TxT) program is the first free service in Iowa to use weekly text messages to alert Iowa teens to ways to practice safe sex or choose
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How does it work?
Talking Sex Together (TxT) uses mobile networks and social media (Snapchat and Twitter) to foster two-way communication with teens about safe sex and sexual health. Teens subscribe to the TxT program by texting “Tina” to 877877 and are then opted-in to receive weekly text messages each Friday with facts, quizzes, polls and thought starters related to sexual health on the second and fourth Friday of the month.
On the first and third Friday (from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm) of each month, teens also have the opportunity to submit questions to the text resource line to receive instant, confidential and accurate answers from TxTina®, a trained health educator. This textline provides a risk-free outlet and private channel to
address important sexual health questions/issues, which may otherwise go unanswered or be answered incorrectly.
TxT: Lots of teens believe other high schoolers have had sex, but less than half actually have. There R lots of reasons 2 wait. Don’t feel pressured!
TxT: TxTina here. Did U know almost 2/3 of teenagers who had sex wish they’d waited? Does this number surprise U? A) Yes B) No C) Not really
TxT Mobile Contest- September 2017 Updates
(515) had the highest number of participants at 30%
(319) had 27%
(563) had 16%
(641) had 7%
(712) had 25%
We have 7,438 total subscribers to the TxT program and 1,976 enrollees are active monthly!
September Poll Question:
There were 132 responses to this poll!
43% of participants said that birth control is covered in health class
18% of participants said that birth control is not covered in health class
39% of participants said they do not have health class
Family values are important! Nine out of ten teens report that they want more information about sex and would prefer to learn from their parents. Need helpful hints to start the conversation or ways you can
initiate the “talk” and keep the conversation going, check out our TxT website. We love having parents involved in the program. To sign up for our Adult Advocate newsletter, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
TxT is available for your organization:
The Talking Sex Together™ service is available for implementation in your agency. The TxT staff can assist you in launching the service, creating protocol and providing a TxTina® health educator. Our dedicated team will provide initial and ongoing technical support as well. We have eight years of successful implementation to bring to the table. We will handle everything for you! If you would like further details on purchasing this service, please contact Kristin Fairholm.
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