Saturday, 10 March 2012
Now, condoms with barcodes to make 'safe sex map
Planned Parenthood in the US has distributed condoms with Quick Response codes on the packaging, for users to scan the codes with a smartphone after using protection, and "checking in" on a global map of safe sex
55,000 condoms were distributed last week by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, across colleges and universities in western Washington state, as part of National Condom Week. The site, http://www.wheredidyouwearit.com/, is totally anonymous, though users can provide some vague details about the sexual encounter and how it went, from "things can only improve from here" to "it was ah-maz-ing".
Planned Parenthood officials say the goal is to encourage pride about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. [How to Wear a Condom]. "We hope the site promotes discussions within relationships about condoms and helps to remove perceived stigmas that some people may have about condom use," Livescience quoted Nathan Engebretson, the local Planned Parenthood's new media coordinator, as saying.
"Where Did You Wear It attempts to create some fun around making responsible decisions," he said. So far, the safe sex map reveals encounters from coast to coast in US and internationally. And most users seem pretty pleased with protected sex. "A 20 something girl and a guy whose relationship is all about love and have already talked about safer sex and STDs used a condom in the bedroom to prevent an unplanned pregnancy," read a report from Casper, Wyoming. "It was ah-maz-ing - rainbows exploded and mountains trembled," it added.