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City Launches New App Directed At Sexually Active Teens

Teens in New York City Protection+

The “Teens in New York City Protection+” app from the City of New York. (Credit: City of New York)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The City of New York has launched a new free app providing advice to teens who are sexually active – and if parents don’t like it, it’s too bad for them.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the app is called “Teens in New York City Protection+,” and it has free information for teenagers on where to get free condoms and other birth control such as female condoms and IUDs; where free pregnancy, HIV and STD testing is available.

Clinics in all five boroughs are listed, and were screened by teens who posed as mystery shoppers. Those marked with a gold star provide the service for free.

The app also includes videos developed with and for teens.

All the information comes for just the touch of a smartphone.

One woman, Mary Lee, said in Brooklyn that the app is necessary.

“If a kid has a problem with emerging sexual feelings and practices, not every kid can go to their parents,” she said.

State law says teens may receive the information without the knowledge or consent of a parent or anyone else.

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