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The texter can type a ZIP code and get a local clinic referral, as well as weekly health tips.“Technology reduces the shame and embarrassment,” said Deb Levine, executive director of ISIS, a nonprofit organization that began many technology-based reproductive health programs.
Brooks believes that they circumvent an abstinence-until-marriage curriculum.
“It doesn’t make sense to fund a program that is different than the state standards,” he said.
More recently, researchers have explored how to reach teenagers through social networking sites like My Space and You Tube.
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