The C Card Scheme - Where can I get free condoms?

What is a C-Card?

Having a C-Card means if you are aged 13-21, you can get free condoms, confidential advice and a Chlamydia testing kit from venues across West Sussex.

How does it work?

When you first join the scheme you have a chat with a professional (they’re trained in the C-Card Scheme, so they’ll understand if you’re a bit nervous) at a C-Card Registration site. The professional will show you how to use a condom, offer advice you may find useful on sexual health and a Chlamydia testing kit. Once you’re registered, they’ll give you a C- Card and you can get condoms there and then and afterwards from any C-Card Registration or Distribution site. The list of sites now includes Burgess Hill Youth (at Fairfield Recreation Ground).

What will I be asked?

You’ll be asked for your name, date of birth, postcode, sex and sexual orientation (gay/straight). This information is made anonymous and kept confidential – but it’s important as it’s used to monitor how well the C-Card scheme is working for young people in West Sussex

What’s the difference between a Registration site and a Distribution site?

At a Registration site you can join the scheme and get advice, condoms and a Chlamydia testing kit. You can’t register at a Distribution site – but you can get condoms, advice and a Chlamydia testing kit

What if I need more condoms?

You can go to any Registration or Distribution site – venues include Pharmacies, Find It Out Centres and Children and Family Centres. The professional will tick the back of your C-Card to show they’ve given you condoms (if there’s a particular type of condom you prefer, just ask).

On your 5th visit, you ‘check in’ with the professional to see if there’s anything else you need and that everything is ok (if you’re under 16 your ‘check in’ may be a bit sooner). After 10 visits, you get a new C-Card

How many condoms can I have?

Usually 6, but more can be given if you’re sexually active or using condoms as a main form of contraception

Do I have to be sexually active to get a C-Card?

No, having a C-Card is not just about whether you’re having sex – it’s also about getting the right advice so you can look after your sexual health and wellbeing. That means you’ll be prepared for when you are having sex

What happens if I have unprotected sex or a condom breaks?

If you don’t have any other form of contraception, you need to think about emergency contraception as soon as possible and getting an STI screen.

What if I lose my C-Card?

If you lose your C-Card, just let the professional know and they’ll re-register you on the scheme. And if someone else picks it up, don’t worry – the C-Card doesn’t have any information on it that can identify you!

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