Why would I want free condoms?
Condoms are the only barrier method of contraception that can prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If used correctly condoms are 97% effective at preventing STIs and unwanted pregnancy. (However, condoms may not protect you fully against genital warts and herpes as these may be present around the genital area and can be passed on through skin to skin contact where the condom does not cover).
Condoms are just for young people aren’t they?
Absolutely not. If you are having sex with a new partner or someone you do not know you may be at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection or of getting pregnant, whatever your age.
Local health data shows that sexually transmitted infections are increasing amongst people over 30. However old you are, you need to make sure you protect yourself by using a condom every time you have sex until both you and your partner have been tested for any infection.
How and where can I get free condoms?
You shouldn’t need to even ask for condoms. If you visit a service that is part of the scheme you will automatically be offered free condoms. However if you’re not sure you can just ask the doctor, nurse or other professional that you see and he or she will give you some.
There are several places you can get free condoms:
- the Community Contraceptive Clinic (CCS) at Le Bas Centre
- Brook Jersey (under 21s only)
- Genito-urinary Medicine Clinic (GUM Clinic which provides free STI testing and treatment) at the General Hospital
- Youth Enquiry Service (YES)
- the Drug and Alcohol Service
- Shelter Trust
- the Health Visiting Service (part of Family Nursing and Home Care)
The Community Contraceptive Clinic and the GUM Clinic will see men of all ages. If you are under 21 you can also get free condoms from the Youth Enquiry Service (YES) Project in St James Street.
Download the JCDS leaflet below for more information and service opening times.
Jersey Condom Distribution Scheme leaflet
Jersey Condom Distribution Scheme leaflet in Portuguese
Jersey Condom Distribution Scheme leaflet in Polish