It seems that these days there’s an app for just about anything and now you can add to the list finding free condoms in New York City.
That’s right. Finding the nearest location to pick up free NYC condoms is virtually just a click away.
The GPS-type app allows users to input an address and find up to five places – anywhere from a community center, health clinic, neighborhood store, tattoo parlor, or barber shop – where NYC condoms can be picked up for free.
The app includes walking, driving, or subway directions similarly to HopStop making access to free condoms just about as easy as it can get. The app also includes the location’s hours of operation, other types of safer sex products available, and helpful tips on using condoms safely.
The app, the NYC Condom Finder, was released by the city Health Department earlier this week on Valentine’s Day, which is also National Condom Awareness Day. The hope is that the app will help New Yorkers protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and unintended pregnancy.
“We are trying to reach everyone having sex,” said Monica Sweeney, the agency’s point person for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. “The younger generation uses their iPhone and we want to make it convenient for them to access condoms.”
With nearly 1,000 condom distribution locations throughout the five boroughs and a free iPhone app that points you to your closest locations, with directions no less, there is little to no excuse for practicing safe sex.
And if you don’t have access to an iPhone, that’s no problem either. The app is also available on the Android or you can visit the Health Department’s website and find free distributors using your zip code.
As a woman who works with young teens and sees firsthand both their fixation with their cell phones and the risky sexual behaviors they engage in, I hope this app is something they will download and use to protect themselves and their bodies.
What do you think? Will the NYC Condom Finder help promote safer sex among teens in New York City?
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