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Good news for the sexually frustrated, the sexually anxious, or the just plain inquisitive. Now there's a 24-hour hotline staffed by 500 specially trained sex educators and therapists from around the country to answer your questions about sex. No call is too elementary--or too embarrassing--for these experts.

Since last September, they've been clearing up callers' misconceptions about penis size, female orgasm, AIDS, and other concerns. "We want to provide a positive education about sexuality so people can become comfortable with it in their lives," says sex therapist William Young, M.S. director of the Masters and Johnson Institute in St. Louis, which set up the service. So far, they've helped everyone from worried fiances to love-struck seniors--and even parents who needed a hand explaining the birds and bees to their teenagers.

F.Y.I.: A call to 1-900-933-6868 costs $3.99 a minute; callers must be 18 years or older.

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