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Protecting the Sexual Health of NYC Teens

Screen shot of Teens in NYC Protection+ app that lists where to go, what to get, and what to expect as menu options

The Bloomberg administration in New York City has combined 3 of my very favorite things — sexual health, adolescent health, and digital health — with the launch of a new app that gives teens quick access to information about important sexual health services.

Funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the city views Teen in NYC Protection+ as supplementary to public school sex education programs in New York — a state in which every teen’s right to access sexual health services without permission from parents or guardians is protected by law.

The app offers teens need-to-know information about safe sex and sexual health in 3 parts:

  • Where to go is a search engine that allows users to find sexual health clinics based on location and needs. The search engine stars clinics that may provide some services free of charge, and only features clinics that have been visited by experts who have deemed them teen-friendly.
  • What to get includes information about different birth control options — how to get them, how to use them, and whether or not they also protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • What to expect helps teens prepare for a visit to a sexual health care clinic via video testimonials from other teens. Additional videos in this section address issues like sexual attraction and unplanned pregnancy — advice from teens for teens.

“We want to make sure that no teen who’s sexually active doesn’t know they can go for services to protect themselves and stay healthy,” said Health Department Assistant Commissioner, Deborah Kaplan.

Cheers to that.

Teens in NYC Protection+ is available for free download now. Find it on iTunes for Apple devices. Download from Google for Android.

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