You know how it is, you’re getting hot and heavy in an alley (or your apartment, whatever) and suddenly you realise you don’t have a condom. Now you could just buy some from your local 7-11, or you could whip out the new app from Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission and find some free ones.
Jiang [Wei, vice director of the Shanghai Medicine and Instrument Administration Center for Family Planning] said the application can usually identify 20 to 30 nearby distribution points if the user is downtown. It lists each location’s address, contact information, hours and the types of contraceptives available there.
The distribution points are usually located in neighborhood committee offices and community health centers. The commission plans to put them in more public places after the end of summer.
“Because it is difficult to store condoms in areas where the temperature is above 30 C, we will wait until the weather cools down before we start to distribute contraceptives in areas such as entertainment venues, companies and shopping malls,” she said.
Visitors can get condoms with no questions asked, Jiang said. Those who want other types of contraceptives may be asked for some personal information because certain kinds of birth control can cause side effects in women over the age of 40.
From my location in Xuhui the app found over 20 places nearby to get some free prophylactics, the nearest being only 172 metres away.
Best of all for those of us worried about the quality of Chinese condoms (with good reason):
Jiang said there is no need to worry about the quality of the condoms at the distribution points. “The quality of the free condoms is as good as those from well-known foreign brands,” she said. “Every batch has been carefully inspected.”