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Hotline helps Lebanese talk about sex

With no sex education in Lebanon's schools, the launch of a new hotline gives the Lebanese a chance to ask their questions related to sex, relationships, sexual health and gender identity.

“Why is my birth control pill making me fat?” “How can I pleasure my wife more?” “How can I find a doctor who will give me medical advice without judging me?” These are some of the questions callers ask the counselors of the hotline called The A Project.

In Lebanon, sex education in schools is uncommon. While contraception methods such as birth control pills and condoms are available through doctor's offices and in some public places, people in general do not have easy access to information about contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or the option to just to talk about their sexual issues. The hotline of The A Project provides a sympathetic and informed ear; it allows people to call in anonymously and ask their questions about sexual health and sexuality, from what kind of condom or birth control pill brand is best, to how to handle a difficult breakup. Launched officially in November 2016, the hotline is open daily from 5-11 p.m. and aims to reach in particular women, those who identify as transgender and nonbinary people.

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