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Kent's NHS Trust is hoping that youngsters' love of iPhones, coupled with a new app, will lead to a fall in teen pregnancies in the county.

The Community NHS Trust has created software that will guide lust-prone, iPhone-owning young people in Kent towards stashes of free condoms. The GPS-enabled iPhone app displays Kent's "Condom Access Points" on a Google map.

The French letter-locating software is tied into the Kent NHS Trust initiative the C-Card - a card that gives the under 19s access to sexual health advice and "FREE condoms" as their site puts it. App owners can also benefit on-the-go from three videos on the themes of "Future", "Money" and "Lifestyle".

The Trust has said that the app is part of its drive to improve sexual health and reduce unplanned teenage pregnancies in the area. The software was developed by Tinderhouse, an app development company at the University of Kent Innovation Centre, reports eHealthInsider.

For the over 19s bestowed with an iPhone and the need for contraception in a hurry, the app could still be useful, but will they have to pay for the condoms when they find them. So far the app will only be available to teenagers with an iPhone, although other platforms may follow. Kent NHS Community Health Trust's C-Card app is free on iTunes here. ®

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