Condom access after lockdown

posted by: Jonathan Shaw

Where can I get condoms now lockdown is over?      

CCard Scheme

Young people aged 13-24 can get condoms free of charge through the Devon CCard scheme, along with useful sexual health information.  CCard sites are in different places across the county but most schools and colleges have one – ask your school nurse or pastoral team – it’s confidential. You can check for your nearest site by using the site locator on this website. Schools and colleges aren’t on the map.

Under 16?

Then the CCard scheme is perfect for you. Not only will you have a one to one chat with an experienced worker, you’ll have the chance to get all your questions answered. If giving you condoms is the right thing for you, then that’s what we’ll do!

Clinics in Barnstaple, Exeter and Torbay

You can get condoms from clinic whenever you attend for an appointment.
You can also request a call back by phone to discuss a condom supply.

Eddystone Trust

If you are a man who has sex with men (MSM) living in Devon & Torbay, you can access free condoms by post from the Eddystone Trust.

MSM can access packages of condoms from Eddystone every 3 months, with occasional top-ups if required. Eddystone are also currently sending out one-off bundles to people requesting over the age of 18 – this will be continually reviewed as COVID restrictions ease.

NHS Freedoms Shop

www.freedoms-shop.com
You have to pay for these but they’re much cheaper than some pharmacies or supermarkets – as little as 14p each!

Why use condoms: 5 good reasons

  • A lot of people would say safer sex is better sex because it stops worry from killing the mood.
  • Condoms are very effective at stopping you catching sexually transmitted infections(STIs) – they’re not all easily treated with antibiotics and you can catch some STI’s through oral sex, so use condoms for that as well.
  • They reduce the chance of unintended pregnancy.
  • Condom use is associated with a lower risk of cervical cancer.
  • Little chance of any side effects.

 

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

How to access our service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

More details on the fitting of LARCs (coils and implants) at our service can be found here

If you need the combined contraceptive pill please try (if you can) to get updated measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure before calling us.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Alternative provision:

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info