Is it possible to get condoms for free?
Using condoms not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it also reduces the risks of transmitting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including the HIV/AIDS virus. Condoms can be used during vaginal, oral and anal sex and many organisations run schemes which offer free condoms to those who want them, if they meet the criteria. For example, teenagers. It is not true that you have to be over 18 to buy condoms and free condoms can be given to those under the age of 18.
Where and how you get free condoms will depend where in the world you live. In the United States, there are several websites which give details of organisations in individual areas.
In the United Kingdom, the NHS runs a database of locations that distribute free condoms and also has the option to find a location near to where you live or work. If you are worried about anonymity, check the individual site policies to check your details are protected.
Some countries have large scale distribution centres which run from local chemists and even supermarkets. Some GP surgeries give out free condoms, but you will need to ask. Don’t worry, this will be confidential and won’t be shared with your parents or carers, unless they believe you are at risk.
For anyone worried about STIs, get chlamydia testing kits Greenwich area, for example, offers such services https://www.checkurself.org.uk/plus/home_sti_kits/ and can be used in the privacy of the home.
The recent worldwide outbreak of coronavirus is causing people to wonder if condoms can offer protection from the virus during sexual contact https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/28/can-condoms-protect-coronavirus-sex-12319047/.
Sexual health clinics
Other places where you can get free condoms are sexual health clinics, gynaecologists and hospitals with specialist departments. The availability of these will depend on where you live and what is available in your area.
Universities and schools
Many universities offer free condoms. If you are unsure what health facilities your university has, check with the university medical centre. Some high schools also offer condoms via vending machines or simply from a ‘help yourself’ basket in the toilets. Other people to ask in the school include the school nurse or school counsellor.
For many people, ordering free condoms online will be the easiest and least awkward solution for teenagers. Do a quick internet search to see what is available for you.
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