Sex-Ed Thru Text
Country of Operation
- Child Family Services PhilippinesNot-for-profit
- Peace Corps PhilippinesForeign aid agency or multilateral organization
SummarySET (Sex Education thru Text) is an SMS hotline for quick, anonymous responses to a wide range of sexual education topics, including STDs and HIV/AIDS.
"SET (Sex-Ed Text) is the fast, easy, anonymous way to get answers to everything you wanted to know about reproductive & sex education, but never asked."
Key program components
The program was created by PC Volunteers Kelly Powasnik and Aaron Simmons and is currently housed and maintained at CFSPI in Baguio City, Benguet. The system uses a standard Smart sim card, so it is available throughout the Philippines. SET was designed and implemented with the Filipino culture in mind. Cellphones, and in particular texting, are widespread and heavily ingrained into the daily lives of the people. Everyone from the governor to the poor farmer has a cell phone for sending and receiving texts. Additionally, discussions with teenagers about sex from teachers or parents are too often incomplete or ignored. SET gets around this social taboo in a way that is both anonymous and natural for Filipinos: texting. The user begins by texting the word "SET" to system. This returns a menu of "keywords" to text in for further information. Although all of the responses can be found online at the project's website, the text based nature of SET allows for the information to be retrieved with greater privacy than at an Internet cafe. All of the information on SET has been reviewed and approved by a physician, with special attention paid to dispelling myths and rumors associated with each topic. Users get real answers to their important questions in just 160 characters!