NYC finds free condoms using phone/GPS

Feb. 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Finding a free condom in New York City is easier thanks to a free smartphone application that locates the nearest dispensers, officials say.

Dr. Thomas Farley, health commissioner of New York City, says the application NYC Condom Finder allows users to find free condoms through either global positioning system technology on their smartphone or by manually entering an address of the almost 1,000 condom distribution locations in the five boroughs.

The application also provides specific directions to each venue either by walking, driving or using public transportation, the hours of operation for each location, the types of safer sex products available and helpful tips on condom usage.

New Yorkers will find that no matter where they are, they can always be protected from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and unintended pregnancy, Farley says.

"The NYC Condom Finder is a useful tool to ensure that New Yorkers have access to free condoms wherever they are in the city," Farley says in a statement.

"Using a condom every time you have sex protects you and your partner from contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Condoms also prevent unintended pregnancy. We encourage New Yorkers to stay safe on Valentine's Day -- and everyday -- by using condoms."

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