Sexuality chat message boards
This service is also best for when you want both staff and volunteer engagement AND discussion with peers, or primarily peer-to-peer discussion. The SMS (text) service is a question and answer service available for those with mobile phones and the capacity to send and receive text messages.
Also, if you would like to leave a nice comment about something which has been added, do so here.Questions and situations which are NOT time-sensitive (like pregnancy risks or scares, current health problems, or help you need to find as soon as possible).Questions and answers you are comfortable having published widely for all to see (even though they should not ever contain any identifying information where anyone reading could know it was you asking). As noted on the input form, most advice questions will never be answered, particularly if we've already written a column that has already answered a question.To see when we are and are not available in chat, take a look on the sidebar to the left there for the graphic that tells you if live chat is on or offline.On the message boards, there is a graphic at the bottom of every page which tells you whether we are or are not available in chat.Within those hours, you will typically be answered within a few minutes.
Some additional times or days may be available when we have available staff.
Message board posts are public, so if you're not comfortable having your questions or conversations be seen and kept public, even when your name and no identifying information is in them, you should not post on the boards.
Our boards are strongly moderated by staff and volunteers, but our community is truly so excellent that more times than not, there's little for us to moderate because our users are so great to one another, all by themselves.
Use for: Help finding content on the site to answer your questions, referrals for in-person local services like sexual or mental healthcare, or a referral to our message boards or live chat when you can't figure out which service is best for you. Hablamos español: Tenemos voluntarios disponibles para los usuarios de habla hispana.
The SMS service is intended for answers that can be found in our site content, or can be answered or discussed on the boards or via the live chat service. A real-time popup chat window, staffed and seen only by you and our staff and volunteers. Use for: Sex, sexuality, sexual health and relationship questions, help, support and referrals.
This service does require your immediate and full attention, so if you want to be able to come and go throughout a conversation, especially with lapses of several minutes, hours or days, or want to multitask, the boards or SMS service should be used instead.