Condoms protect against unwanted pregnancy by stopping the sperm contained in semen coming into contact with the vagina (which could lead to an egg being fertilised). A condom covers the penis and acts as a barrier between it and the mouth, vagina, penis or anus. This prevents sexual fluids being transferred between partners, which provides protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.
Using condoms correctly is important and we encourage you to watch this condom demonstration video
How to get condoms
Condoms can be purchased from a range of supermarkets and shops across the county.
Free condoms are available via post and can be collected from youth services, circle rooms, the school and college health service, some pharmacies and sexual health clinics.
You will need to register with us online if you are over 16. You will have to register face to face with a trained professional if you are aged 13-15 years old. You will need to give some personal information. This is stored safely and securely.
Once you have registered you will be issued with an ID which will enable you to order postal condoms. If you are under 25 you can also collect a C-Card to use within youth services and some pharmacies which offer free condoms.
Forgotten your registration ID?
The number of C-Card outlets is growing all the time... Look out for places displaying the C-Card logo.