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As reported in the May 2001 issue of Contracep-tive Technology Update, New York City-based EngenderHealth (formerly AVSC International) has established a national toll-free Vasectomy Informa-tion Line, (888) VASEC-4-U [827-3248]. This first-of-its-kind information line not only provides the caller with information about vasectomy and answers to frequently asked questions, but it also automatically links the caller to the nearest vasectomy service.
Now EngenderHealth is expanding the line to include public sector sites across the country that provide vasectomy services, says Daria Teutonico, program manager at EngenderHealth. There is no charge for this service; EngenderHealth will cover the costs of adding new sites to the line and all costs associated with use of the toll-free line, she says.
"The only request is that the person who is responsible for answering the phone at the facility, to which the 1-888 line is forwarded, is aware of the vasectomy services or knows to whom to refer such calls," says Teutonico.