The health department distributes more than 38 million free condoms per year at 3,500 locations throughout New York City including bars, clubs, restaurants, nail salons, barber shops, hospitals, clinics and community-based organizations.
The new NYC Condom wrapper will be blue and more prominently feature the LifeStyles brand name to emphasize that they are the same high-quality LifeStyles product available in stores. In addition, New Yorkers will for the first time be able to choose the NYC "KYNG" Condom, an extra-large LifeStyles condom branded with the NYC Condom logo.
Both are currently in production and will be available throughout the city this summer.
When used correctly and consistently, condoms are approximately 98 percent effective in preventing unintended pregnancies and offer effective protection against most STDs, including HIV. The city's effort to increase the availability of condoms has played a role in declines in teen pregnancy rates and STDs.
New Yorkers can call 311 or visit NYC.gov/Condoms to find one of the partner venues that offer free NYC Condoms.
You can also learn more about condom use and sexual health and how to download the free NYC Condom Finder at Facebook.com/NYCCondoms