Advice boards

I don’t want to knock all advice boards. Some of them are good — damn good. The one at Sex, Etc. http://www.sxetc.org is closely monitored and often has health experts answering questions. You will also get a lot of good information on Planned Parenthood’s http://www.teenwire.com, and then there is http://www.gurl.com, which usually provides good information, but is less consistent.

Then, you go to larger web sites with more generalized discussion boards and get stuff like this:

Infection (3 replies) 02/03/2006
I think I might have a yeast infection. Can somebody tell me some symptoms to this and what exactly it is so I know if I should ask my doctor for help??

RE: Infection 02/03/2006
no, but it just is really itchy all the time.

RE: Infection 02/03/2006
a yeast infection is when ther e is somthing odd (normally food) down there, and ussually bugs come down there (eww, i know..) so think about it: have u been puttin stuff down there u shouldn’t be?

RE: Infection 02/03/2006
if it hurts to pee and is itchy down there then it might be one. if you think you have one go to the drugstore and buy a box of monostat or whatever it’s called. it will be gone in a couple days….

How is a teen supposed to know which advice to follow? What is good and what is bad information? And wouldn’t you think that these larger, for-profit web sites with tons of advertising dollars would care enough to invest in a board moderator?

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