About C-Card

About C-Card

Condoms can help to reduce infection risks and prevent unplanned pregnancy.

C Card is a free condom issuing scheme for anyone aged 13 to 24, no matter whether you’re having sex, thinking about having sex, or just curious about condoms.

A C-Card is a card similar to a membership card that allows you to get free condoms from participating venues such as pharmacies, youth clubs, sexual health clinics and schools.

Once you have your C Card you will be able to collect free condoms for your own use from any of the participating venues. You will be able to use your C Card a maximum of 10 times. After this, you will need to renew your card.

How to get a C-Card

How to get a C-Card

The C-Card is available to young people under 25 in Devon and Torbay. You can get a C Card from a range of venues such as youth clubs or sexual health clinics. Depending on the venue, you may need to arrange an appointment to get registered to the scheme.

During the COVID 19 restrictions not all CCard sites are active. Please phone your chosen site to check. If you are having problems getting condoms please phone the CCard team on the details below.

When registering, a trained worker will have a confidential chat with you. If you’re under 16 they will need to ask you a few more questions to make sure you’re safe and that they’re giving you the right advice and information. You will then receive your new C Card and a ‘starter pack’ selection of free condoms.

Remember:

  • Even when using condoms you should consider regular screening for sexually transmitted infections every time you start a new relationship or every 12 months if you’re in a relationship.
  • If there is ever any type of condom failure or you’re worried that something went wrong during sex, you should seek advice about emergency contraception.
Where to use your C-Card

Where to use your C-Card

A list of available registration and collection sites is available here. Remember to select CCard from the drop down list.

You must be under the age of 25 to access this service.

If  you are having difficulty finding your nearest C-Card site then you can phone or email the C-Card team – ndht.ccard@nhs.net  tel: 01392 284965

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Accessing the Service during the COVID crisis

How to access the 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 early symptoms of coronavirus is available online at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

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 outbreak. 

Advice from our service:

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

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

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:

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

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills - 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