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Mobile app aims to help teens improve sexual health

Officials in New York City have launched a mobile application that aims to help teens better their sexual health.

The free app, Teens in New York City Protection Plus, provides users with information on contraception as well as where they can undergo pregnancy and STD testing. Testing centers that provide free services are marked with a special gold star.

The app targets teens who are sexually active as well as those who are considering having sex.

Proponents say it is a valuable tool in helping teens who may not have an adult to talk to about sexual issues. Additionally, New York law states that teens have a legal right to get sexual health services without the their parents' permission.

"If a kid has a problem with emerging sexual feelings and practices, not every kid can go to their parents," New York resident Mary Lee told CBS News.

Getting information about STDs and access to birth control, such as condoms, may help curb raising rates of diseases among the city's youth. Nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 account for half of the 20 million new cases of STDs diagnosed each year.