East Sussex Sexual Health Service and East Sussex County Council
Working together to support your sexual health

Condoms and CCard

THE CCard SCHEME allows you to get hold of condoms and lube free of charge from a range of outlets across East Sussex. It is for anyone between 13 and 25 years of age.

TO REGISTER for a CCard you will need to give some personal information. The person you will be seen by has been fully trained and the information you will be asked for will be kept secret and confidential and will not be able to be traced back to you by anyone else. They will talk to you about issues of safer sex and other information you should know.

AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED you can go to any pick-up point displaying the CCard sign. This will include various youth agencies, Specialist Sexual health Services, GPs and pharmacies throughout East Sussex. All you have to do is give your CCard to a member of staff.

They will take down your registration number and give you some condoms and your card back.

If you need any other information about sexual health services, they will be able to help you.


Using condoms helps protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy.

Make sure you use a condom with a British Kite mark or CE mark.

Always check the expiry date on the condom packet.

Take care when opening a condom packet not to tear the condom.

Make sure the condom is the right way up before rolling it on.

Squeeze the tip of the condom before rolling it on the erect penis – this is to make sure that there is room for the sperm and air doesn’t get caught in the teat.

Only use water based lubricant with condoms – oil based products such as massage oil or lipstick can cause the condom to break.

If you have had unprotected sex, it is important that you seek advice in case you have put yourself at risk of STIs or pregnancy.

The emergency pill is effective for up to 3 days after sex and is available from your doctor, sexual health clinic or local pharmacy.

Remember... You should never feel pressured into having sex. It should be a decision that both you and your partner take together.


The number of CCard outlets is growing all the time... Look out for places displaying the CCard logo, or go to:



for an up-to-date list of Registration and Pick Up points in your area.