New York City Launches the World's First Condom App

Finding a free condom in New York City is now as simple as checking your smartphone.

Since 1971, the New York City Department of Health has given residents and visitors tens of millions of free condoms through distribution locations throughout the city. Today, the department is doing itself one better, launching the world's first smartphone app to help people in the boroughs find a condom when they need one.

"We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex," says Dr. Monica Sweeney, the city's assistant health commissioner. "A lot of people come here for that, so we want them to practice safer sex."

Called simply "NYC Condom Finder," and available for download on iPhone and Android phones, the app uses GPS navigation to locate and provide walking directions to the five nearest venues that give out NYC Condoms. Considering that there are 3,000 such venues throughout the city, it's unlikely a person would ever be very far from a gratis prophylactic.

Here's to safer Valentine's Day romance in New York City tonight.

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