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iPhone Releases New App to Help Users Find Free Condoms in New York City

iPhone Releases New App to Help Users Find Free Condoms in New York City

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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4:21PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

haha, there really is an app for everything.

6:47PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

To Fa'izah J. A.: Sex is a sport, of sorts, is a very pleasurable one, and should be engaged in as often as possible (With the correct partner, of course).

Common sense and sex, have very little correlation. As long as we are speaking of consenting adults, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks, but the participants.

The average person will self-regulate.

No one, and I mean no one, has ever given me a satisfactory answer to why sex is bad. Rarely, is consentual sex bad, just some is better than others.

We can slow down, when we mature, not for reasons of need, necessarily, but because of the aging body.
However, we have our memories, thank god, and when our mind goes, we can pretend we remember.

6:31PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Sounds like a plan to me.

Contrary to what religious fanatics believe, condoms don't encourage anyone, to have sex, who didn't want to, in the first place.
I'm all for protecting sexually active people, preventing disease, and preventing unwanted pregnancies.

How arduous is this idea, to understand?

5:22PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Can they launch an app that will help people find their common sense?

4:20PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

This is a horrible idea. If people want to be promiscuous then they either support their habit by buying condoms or they risk diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

Of course the best alternative is to go back to our moral foundation instead of screwing everything in sight as if sex is a competitive sport.

3:48PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

It's a good idea, but, still, who has an iPhone and can't afford a condom?

3:55AM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Keep it real and keep yourself reading. Good job everybody 5thD.

8:57PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

what a silly waste of money.

8:25PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

Will it also show them how to use it?

5:08PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

I think it's brilliant! I wish there was such a program in my city - or that my university provided more than a measly 6 condoms for a 5 year stay.

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