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The Internet and Sex Health Info

You can find a wealth of sexual health information on the Internet, but it’s important to make sure it’s reliable.

You’ve probably done Internet searches about a variety of health topics. But how do you make sure that the information you find can be trusted?

First, think about where the information is coming from. Is the website associated with a respected professional organization, medical institution, or government agency? (For example, SexHealthMatters.org is affiliated with the Sexual Medicine Society of North America.)

Is there an “About Us” page where you can learn more about the organization? Can you easily contact the organization if you have questions?

Next, look at the content on the site. Is it current? How often is it updated? Is it written or approved by physicians before it’s posted? Does it include references? Is it based on research from peer-reviewed professional journals?

Also, consider the website’s slant. Is the information objective? Or does it seem like the website has an agenda, like selling a product or changing public opinion? Do you see any conflicts of interest or bias?

Finally, look at the overall presentation. Does the site look professional? Is the text well-written? Does it have many spelling or grammatical errors? Are there lots of capital letters, exclamation points, or phrases like “miracle cure” that make you suspicious?

If you have any questions about something you read on the Internet, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about it. He or she can also recommend reliable websites to you.