New York's latest STI-fighting effort involves an app that helps you find free prophylactics.
The City Of New York knows what's best for you (the state and county of New York could care less -- they just want the revenue, the fresh water and the hookers). To my knowledge, the city was the first to ban smoking at bars and restaurants (except for cigar bars!) and to insist on calorie listings on menus. It makes ample pushes for a healthy citizen body through advertisement campaigns and white knight legislation. The financial, cultural and subway-stabbing capital of North America has to set an example.
One of the huge pushes the city has made over the last handful of years has been to educate the public about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections (STDs, HIV/AIDS, etc.). Some groups feel that the scare tactics demonize those with the syndrome; others applaud the effort. Irrespective of how you feel about the frank advertisements, the next step is providing material help for those who were moved to action by the bus stop, TV and subway spots. Intoxicated Women More Likely To Get STDs
Per Reuters, the help wagon's approach is two-fold: one) free condoms and two) a smart phone app that directs people how to get from their present location (be it the Theater District, Yankee Stadium or a massage parlor-turned-bar called Happy Endings) to one of the thousand free condom distribution locales in New York's FIVE boroughs. My favorite part of the Reuters rundown is a quote from Dr. Monica Sweeney: "We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex. A lot of people come here for that, so we want them to practice safer sex." 9 Ways In Which Condoms And Communism Are Similar
I know what you're thinking: "I gotta start hitting more tourist spots and peacock like it's my job!" But there are a few questions about the effort: 1) Are there adults who don't know that a barrier method is the safest way to have sex? 2) Is condom cost the real problem? I could see condom availability and price (not to mention practical know-how) being an issue in say, sub-Saharan Africa. But in the City That Never Sleeps can't you find condoms on every single corner? And 3) Will these places be open when the bars close at 4 and you could really use a free jimmy?
Again, New York City, A for effort. Your heart is in the right place (and I'm glad to know that any tourists I trick into sleeping with me will be relatively disease-free), but is this a solution or more of a it-can't-hurt-and-it-looks-like-we're-trying gloss over? And is this effort just as much about birth control?