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

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

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

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

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

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