C-Card stands for Condom Card. It is a free and confidential service offering free condoms and sexual health information to young people aged 13-25, regardless of gender or sexuality. C-Card is available at a variety of venues across North Tyneside and Northumberland. You do not need to be sexually active to access C-Card.
- How do I get a C-Card?
To join the C-Card Scheme all you have to do is visit one of our C-Card outlets and have a chat with a trained C-Card worker who will talk to you about how the scheme works, if it is appropriate for you and talk you through how to use a condom. They’ll also chat to you about safer sex, emergency contraception, legal issues, confidentiality, and anything else you might want to discuss. You will then be given your C-Card.
Click here for local outlets offering full c-card registrations.
- Will you tell my parents or carers?
C-Card is a confidential service, this means no information is passed on to anyone else. The only time we may have to talk to someone else is if we think you are at risk of harm but we would always try and talk to you before we did this.
- Where can I use my C-Card?
To register for C-Card you must attend an outlet that offers FULL C-Card registration – Please see list/link
Once you have your C-Card you can use it at any type of C-card outlet to pick up free condoms (Full or repeat only outlets).
Click here to find us for C-Card outlets in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
- What is a condom?
Condoms are made of very thin latex (rubber) and are designed to act like a barrier to stop the transfer of fluids between partners. There two types of condom, a male condom (covers penis) and a female condom (fits inside the vagina). When used correctly during sex, condoms are the only type of protection that help prevent both Sexually Transmitted Infection’s (STIs) and pregnancy.
- How to use a condom
Find out more information on how to use a condom here.
- What if something goes wrong?
If you have had unprotected sex (sex without a condom) or a condom has split or come off, then it’s important to seek help. If you’ve had unprotected sex you may be able to prevent pregnancy by using emergency contraception within the first five days. There are two types of emergency contraception:
- the emergency contraceptive pill (the morning after pill)
- the intrauterine device (IUD)
For more information click here.
You could also be at risk of having an STI. Some people don’t have any symptoms when they have an STI, so it is important you get tested whether you have symptoms or not. You can contact the Northumbria Healthcare sexual health service to order your free test here.