Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

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.



 


Copyright © 2013 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.



Information in this article was accurate in July 12, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.