The number one question we receive is from young people who’ve done something and want to know if they exposed themselves to a risk of getting pregnant or catching an STD. Using Fact Not Fiction and the internet is good when you have a question about sex or sexual health, but doing it after the fact won’t help you.
Being informed ahead of time will lead to better decisions in the future.
Many young people typically search for answers after something has already happened, especially for things that are sex related, and there’s nothing you can do except hope for the best. Fact Not Fiction is trying to flip that switch and give you the information you need to stop yourself from making poor decisions.
If you are given information about sex and health as you grow up, you can be better informed to make healthier and safer decisions in the future, instead of just searching for a solution after the deed has already been done.
Google is not an OB-GYN.
Have you ever googled your symptoms when you were sick and ended up thinking you had a fatal disease, when all you really had was a cold? You shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet. The same thing could be said for googling things when you’re worried about your sexual health.
You might read things that are not true, and it’s important to be aware that you might be reading inaccurate information online. You should rely on Fact Not Fiction for accurate answers to any question you have. Fact Not Fiction is a project of The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi and the Mississippi State Department of Health, and we exist to make sure all Mississippi teens get accurate information about sex and sexual health. What you do with your body is your choice, but whatever you do, don’t do it in the dark.
We want you to have resources you can trust.
There’s no point in anxiously googling questions and searching for answers when you might run into information that’s not true and that will stress you out even more. You should be prepared with all of the resources you need so that you can have factual information at the tip of your fingers whenever you need.
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