Information Hotlines

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When it comes to sexual health, reproductive health, and safety, we don't feel it's a good idea for people to put blind faith in whatever random advice they may happen to find on the internet (whether through this web site or any other). Fortunately, there's no reason you should have to: the following information hotlines are free, confidential, and professionally staffed, and are in a much better position than any web site to provide sound and personalized advice to your concerns. They're the next-best thing to actually making an appointment with a qualified doctor.

CDC-Info Hotline: 1-800-232-4636
Anyone may call this phone number 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to receive high-quality advice and information on STD's and STD testing/treatment (including HIV).

Emergency Contraception Hotline: 1-888-668-2528
By calling this number you can immediately find the clinics and pharmacies nearest you which provide emergency contraception. Emergency contraception (typically, consisting of a special dose of birth control pills) can significantly reduce the chance of conception following contraceptive failure if done within a brief window of time after the contraceptive failure.

Planned Parenthood: 1-800-230-7526
Call this number if you need to find a clinic in your area. Planned Parenthood clinics can provide a variety of services, including counseling, contraception, STD referral, and sterilization.

The San Francisco Sex Information Line: 1-415-989-7374
People everywhere may call this number to ask questions on any aspect of sexuality. This service is free, confidential, and highly regarded. See their web site for details on what hours and days it is staffed.

We suppose it bears mentioning that, although all of the above services are free and confidential, they're still regular phone calls and so depending on what sort of cell phone or land-line service you have the phone numbers that you call may show up on your bill. As such, individuals with extreme privacy concerns who are caught in severely unstable living situations may prefer to use coins and a pay phone instead.

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