Looking For Free Condoms? There’s A Health Department App For That

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from NPR,

Like radio, public health communication is all about figuring out how to connect with the audience.

New York City is betting that if you’re anticipating a night of adventure, you might make use of the Find Condoms NYC app.

The scans the New York Health Department’s list of 3,000 sites that distribute free condoms, and uses a smartphone’s GPS to list and map the five closest spots. In the moment, convenience counts.

“Erm… Love this app,” a reviewer writes on iTunes. “Great for those spontaneous moments when you just gotta have a free condom.”

ake, for instance, New York’s app, which includes a database of health care providers that have been vetted by the city and by teenage secret shoppers. The goal is to help teens find free, confidential help preventing pregnancy and STDs — though pregnancy tests are provided, too.

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