We’d like to introduce to you – the transformed C-Card scheme!
What is the C-Card scheme?
It’s a confidential service which gives young people aged 13-24 living in the East Of England (currently Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk) access to free (yes, free!) condoms, femidoms and lube.
Whether you’re having sex or not, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with condoms, as when used correctly, condoms are the best protection against STIs and HIV when having vaginal/frontal, anal or oral sex.
The logo! Look out for the new brightly-coloured C on places such as pharmacy doors, indicating a C-Card pick up point.
The website – check out youngandfree.org.uk to find your nearest pick up point
Eco-conscious cards. We’re saying goodbye to plastic and have introduced paper-based C-Cards.
New condom packs, colour coded according to the size of the condoms inside.
C-Card is now split into two cards, dependant on your age.
If you’re aged 13-15 you can sign up for a C-Card after a short chat with a professional. Then pick up condoms at any registered point. After your sixth pick up, you can re-join to get another card.
C-Card lite is for 16-24 year olds. Grab a card and condoms without having to sign up or talk with a professional. Pick up condoms and lube at any registered pick up point.
Find out more at youngandfree.org.uk
It’s important to use the correct sized condom. The starter pack lets you explore the range (different sizes) of condoms available via the C-Card scheme so you can find the size that best suits you or your partner. Condom packs are colour-coded so you can pick up the size you want.
Never use oil-based lube with a latex condom. Oils can damage the latex, this includes oil-based lipsticks and chapsticks.
Check the condom has a British Kitemark and is not past its use-by date (a condom should last five years if stored correctly; the use-by date is printed on the wrapper).
What to do when condoms break?
If your condom splits, this could put you or your partner at risk of unwanted pregnancy, HIV or another STI.
Emergency contraception can reduce the risk of pregnancy. It’s also recommended you get a full STI screen.
Visit http://www.icash.nhs.uk/ for more information.