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CALIFORNIA: Doctors Hope Condom App Combats Rising Sacramento STD Rates


CBS Sacramento (07.10.2013)

A Sacramento, Calif., AIDS and STD prevention program called CARES has created a smartphone application called Condom Finder, for both iOS and Android phones, which can help find prophylactics. The organization has set up free dispensers at local businesses and the application helps users find the closest one. Dr. Paolo Troia Cancio, an infectious disease specialist with CARES, said Sacramento County was currently number three in the state for gonorrhea and chlamydia infections, and he was treating an increasing number of patients who had gone online to arrange sexual encounters. Global positioning system-based smartphone applications make it easy to arrange these casual encounters, but such liaisons can help spread STDs. Doctors hoped that the Condom Finder application would help reverse this trend.


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