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 Jefferson County Colorado - For Sexual Health Awareness Month JCPH launches new resource called Text4SexFacts 22 September 2022 ( news )

Jefferson County Colorado - For Sexual Health Awareness Month JCPH launches new resource called Text4SexFacts 22 September 2022 ( news )

Jefferson County , state Colorado
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   Jefferson County , Colo . —At Jefferson County Public Health ( JCPH ) , we know that it’s important for all members of our community to feel educated and empowered about their sexual health . That’s why this September , for National Sexual Health Awareness Month , JCPH is excited to announce a new resource for Jefferson County residents — a new text line called Text4SexFacts .  
   Text4SexFacts is a free , anonymous text line , available at 720 - 443 - 1717 for both teens and adults in Jeffco to ask questions abo......ut sexual and reproductive health and , in return , to get factual , non - judgmental answers from one of our JCPH nursing staff . Information is available on a variety of topics , including birth control methods , signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) , pregnancy , hours and services at our clinic and more . While JCPH previously operated a different text line , called Go Ask TISH ( Text for Information on Sexual Health ) , the Text4SexFacts line is a refreshed , rebranded service designed to offer important education and resources to Jeffco residents .
   “We are excited to roll out Text4SexFacts to provide easily accessible , stigma - free and medically accurate information , ” said Lindsay Milner , Public Health Nurse Lead at JCPH . “Our hope is that this improves knowledge in the community and has a positive impact on our STI and teen pregnancy rates in our county . ”
   The text line is available 24/7 , but is actively monitored from Monday - Thursday from 8 a . m . - 5 p . m . , and those utilizing the text line can expect a response within 24 hours .  
   While the text line cannot be used as a diagnostic service , and JCPH nurses cannot prescribe or recommend any specific medications or health directives via the text line , it can be an important tool to help refer individuals to the care they need . However , it’s important to note that Text4SexFacts is not a substitution for the individualized care of a healthcare provider . While the conversation with a nurse using the Text4SexFacts line is confidential , the text line is not secure , so JCPH asks all individuals submitting questions to not share any personally - identifying information .  
   Especially during the height of the COVID - 19 pandemic , statistics show people were seeking routine care less and less frequently for things like their sexual health . However , the rates of some STIs , like syphilis and gonorrhea , have increased in recent years in Jeffco , making it more important than ever for residents to take charge of and stay informed about their sexual health .
   In addition to the Text4SexFacts line , the JCPH sexual health clinic provides comprehensive contraceptive services to all people . These services include birth control methods for both teens and adults , breast and cervical cancer screenings , STI evaluations and treatment , PrEP for HIV prevention , education , counseling and medical exams . In line with Colorado state law , teens can access sexual health services , including birth control , HPV vaccinations , hepatitis B vaccinations and STD testing and treatment , without parental permission or a parent being present .  
   Most services are provided on a sliding - fee scale , which means individuals are only charged based on their household income . Some patients qualify for services at no cost . We are also able to bill Medicaid and several private insurances . Our services are confidential and nonjudgmental , and no one is ever denied services due to inability to pay . Interpretation services are available for clients who are hearing impaired or speak another language . Appointments at the clinic are available by calling 303 - 239 - 7078 .  
   To learn more about sexual health services at JCPH , including the new Text4SexFacts line , please
   visit our website
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   About Jefferson County Public Health
   Public health is what we do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities . Jefferson County Public Health ( JCPH ) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention , education and partnerships . To learn more about JCPH visit 
   https://www . jeffco . us/public - health
    . You can also follow JCPH on Twitter 
   @JeffcoPH [external link]
    , Instagram 
   @JeffcoPH [external link]and Facebook 
   @jeffcopublichealth [external link]
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