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10 Unconventional Uses for GPS


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Birth Control and STD Prevention
The county of Kent in England offers a GPS-enabled iPhone app called Kent C Card, which guides local teenagers to the nearest clinics where they can get both condoms and advice on sexual health. William87/iStock/Thinkstock
The county of Kent in England offers a GPS-enabled iPhone app called Kent C Card, which guides local teenagers to the nearest clinics where they can get both condoms and advice on sexual health. William87/iStock/Thinkstock

Public health officials in most countries are eager to get young people to use condoms, as a means of preventing both unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. They also know that young people are really, really into their smartphones. So it's only natural that officials would try to use GPS-enabled phone apps to reach them.

The English county of Kent, for example, began offering an iPhone app in 2012 called Kent C Card, which guides local teenagers to the nearest clinics where they can get both condoms and advice on how to maintain their sexual health [source: Todd].


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