NYC promotes reproductive services app to teens

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NEW YORK (AP) — As part of a campaign against teen pregnancy, New York City health officials are promoting a smartphone app that will help teenagers locate clinics that can answer questions about sex, prescribe birth control, test for HIV or even provide an abortion.

The "Teens in NYC — Protection" mobile app was quietly made available in early spring before getting a more public rollout Wednesday at a health care center in the Bronx.

It is expressly intended to let teenagers get information about reproductive health services without having to go through an adult.

City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says that better public information about contraception could be one reason teen pregnancies are on the decline in New York.

The city's teen pregnancy rate dropped 30 percent between 2001 and 2011.

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