A new smartphone application is hoping to help individuals who don't have a condom on hand get one before having sex. Condom company Durex has launched an app titled SOS Condoms. It allows users to select the type of protection they want and have it delivered within an hour by an anonymous and discreet courier. According to The Los Angeles Times, the delivery person will arrive dressed as a pizza man, police officer or a tourist in order to not draw attention to himself.
The service is available between the hours of 4 p.m. and 4 a.m., making it ideal for those who are in need of a condom after their local pharmacy or corner store has closed. However, it is currently available only in Dubai. The company has vowed to roll it out to other cities, but has not announced them yet. Possible contenders include Los Angeles, Boston, New York City and Paris.
Currently, the app requires customers to purchase at least a 12-pack of condoms in order to have them delivered for free.
While abstinence is the only way to completely protect yourself from contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), those who want to have sex are advised to use a condom in order to protect themselves.
"They do not provide 100 percent protection, but for people who are sexually active they are the best and the only method we have for preventing these diseases," said Heather Boonstra, a public policy official with the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit group that researches reproductive health issues, told The Associated Press.
The U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocates consistent and correct use of these birth control devices in order to protect against various STDs, including genital warts, chlamydia and gonorrhea.