NYC Health Department Launches App for Free Condoms; Also, Reminds You How to Use a Condom


As we mentioned earlier, today is not just the special day of snuggles and commitment that everybody’s all moony about, it’s also the day of safe sexual encounters. And it’s our own Mayor Bloomberg’s birthday, to boot. In honor of this fortuitous triumvirate of occasions, the New York City Health Department has launched a mobile app that will help you locate the nearest place at which you might snag a free condom in a time of need. No more shelling out your last bucks at the Duane Reade!

The NYC Condom Finder is a free smartphone application that uses GPS or the manual entry of an address to locate the five nearest New York City venues that distribute free NYC Condoms. It will give specific directions for walking, driving, or public transportation to the locations, as well as hours of operation of the location, types of products available, and “tips on storage.” Servicey!

There are 1,000 condom distribution locations throughout the five boroughs accessible through the app. To download it, search for “NYC Condom” in the Android Market or the iPhone App Store on your Android or iPhone. There’s also info on the NYC Condom Facebook page.

Now, as for how to use a condom, the Health Department would like to remind you:

* Use a new condom for each sex act.

* Put the condom on when the penis is erect, before sexual contact occurs. Unroll it all the way down.

* Leave a half-inch at the tip to collect semen. Squeeze out any extra air.

* If you accidentally put on a condom the wrong way, discard it and use a new one.

* For latex condoms, use only water-based lubricants (e.g., K-Y jelly, Astroglide, Kama Sutra, Liquid Silk).

* After sex, pull out before the penis softens. Hold the base of the condom to make sure its contents do not spill.

* Dispose of the used condom by wrapping in tissue or toilet paper and throwing away in a trash can — never flush down the toilet.

* Condoms should always be stored at room temperature (68-77oF or 20-25oC), and protect condoms from prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures, moisture, direct sunlight and fluorescent light. Don’t carry condoms in your wallet or car for too long — this can make them break easily — and always check expiration dates before using them.

And get tested, and then do something about what you find out, if necessary. (I.e., Don’t be the guy who admits to having untreated herpes and then falls off his bar stool only to roll across the room and lie under a table for a good five minutes. Embarrassing for all involved. Not that that actually happened.)

Carry on, then.

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