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Scarleteen is a very honest and smart community-oriented resource. Particularly helpful are guides like First Intercourse 101 and 10 Best Things You Can Do for Your Sexual Health. Read stories written by other teens about relationships, sex and health—or submit one of your own. With an active forum and homepage sidebar of new content, you can quickly see what everyone is talking about right now.

Funded by Columbia University, Go Ask Alice includes Q&As that are updated weekly, with an easy way to ask Alice your own burning questions. The site has a great search function covering just about anything from definitions to how to kiss to phone sex. This one’s not just about sexuality and relationships, but also about general health, fitness and nutrition, and alcohol and drugs.

Sexualityandu’s interactive, multimedia features are great for everyone, from an animated demo on how to use a condom to a birth control questionnaire to help choosing the right contraceptive to an online application for what to do if you get off-track with your birth control schedule. There are also videos of teens and parents sharing stories and doctors answering FAQs.

Sex, etc. is “sex education by teens, for teens,” where all staff writers are in high school. The website has plenty of comics, polls and videos for gaining knowledge that feels more like entertainment. State-by-state guides advise on practical issues like age of consent, whose permission you need for birth control, LGBTQ rights and more. A dictionary of sex terms helps illuminate what everything means.

Afraid of long, long articles? Smarter Sex from BACCHUS network, a non-profit that promotes student-based health and lifestyle efforts, breaks up all the important information into short and easy-to-read sections. The content covers tips for having safe sex, relationships and communicating, physical health and the hot topic of HPV.

The Planned Parenthood website is a great resource for learning about your body with a practical focus on what-to-dos, including a pregnancy guide and extensive FAQs. Here, you can also search for their health centers and find out about their offered services, like consultations, birth control and testing. For those who want to learn about sexual orientations, try the section dedicated to LGBTQ and coming out.

Presented by MTV and the Kaiser Foundation, It’s Your Sex Life provides great tips on how to get conversations about sex going, with guides for more specific discussions like “I want to wait” to “Let’s get tested.” Also featured is a Get Yourself Talking, Get Yourself Tested campaign with Planned Parenthood and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with additional tools—and contests.

Ever wondered if certain thoughts, behaviors or feelings are normal? Check out the “Normal” section on TeenGrowth.com. Published by a group of medical doctors, most of the website is in a to-the-point Q&A format, from dating to arousal to other sex education topics.

Stayteen provides great advice on relationships and waiting to have sex, with lots of FAQ answers. TV lovers should check out the “Stay Tuned” and “Videos” sections for TV show clips and productions from celebrities and the Stayteen.org team about sex and teen pregnancy. Take the polls and quizzes to see what other teens are saying about sex and relationships and see how much you really know.

TeensHealth provides great information about what’s going on with your body and addresses male and female issues as a good learning opportunity for everyone. For girls, the guides include everything from finding the right bra to making the decision of whether to have sex to hygiene.

Hotlines:

CDC Information Hotline (AIDS, STI, etc.): 1-800-232-4636
American Social Health Association STI Hotline:1-800-227-8922
Emergency Contraception Hotline: 1-888-668-2528
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-877-463-2275
Planned Parenthood Chat Hotline and Text Q&A: http://www.plannedparenthoodchat.org/