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COVID -19

If you believe you have Coronavirus (COVID-19), or have developed a continuous cough, have a fever/high temperature, or have come into contact in the last 14 days with someone who has. Then please do NOT come into Sandyford. For further information about Coronavirus please visit NHS Inform

 

 

 

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Free Condoms

In light of COVID-19 Sandyford is changing the way we provide free condoms so that everyone who needs them has safe access to them. You can now order securely online and have them delivered free to your home in a discreet package.

It's still possible to access Free Condoms at venues that are open. However it is likely that many Free Condom venues will be closed to the public at short notice in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We recommend using our online ordering form to ensure you get what you need. 

Order Condoms Online

Use our secure online form to order what you need directly and discreetly delivered to your home. 

Sex & COVID-19

Sex and intimate contact are risks for COVID-19 transmission. We've answered some common questions about sex & sexual health to help you make informed choices.  

Information for Venues

In light of COVID-19 we've changed the way venues order stock to ensure we can continue to provide you with what you need. 

About Us

We provide Free Condoms to anyone who lives, works or studies in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

You have to be aged 13 or over but we don't have an upper age limit.  Both males and females can pick up Free Condoms.  You can pick up as many condoms as you need and you can use the service as often as you require. 

We won't ask you embarrassing questions.

You can pick up or order your condoms with minimum fuss and hassle. Staff will only ask young people under the age of 16 a few questions but this is just to check that there are no concerns regarding their health and wellbeing.

Our venue staffs are approachable and non-judgemental

We know that staff attitudes are important to you.  We expect staff in our venues to be approachable and non judgemental.  We expect staff to be knowledgeable about condoms.  If you want to comment on your local venue please contact us in confidence.

We will respect your confidentiality and anonymity

We only ask for a name and address so we can post your order to you.  Some venues might be able to offer you some private space if you want to discuss anything. The only time where your details might be shared with another agency is if you are under 16 and there are serious concerns for your safety and wellbeing.  Where possible, venue staff will discuss with you before they share information.

We will listen to your suggestions

We value your comments and suggestions.  Please contact us if you have any complaints.  Any complaints will be dealt with in accordance with NHSGGC procedures.

You can pick up Free Condoms from a range of places.

Ordinarily we provide Free Condoms from over 500 venues throughout NHS GGC. You can pick up condoms in many Pharmacies, Health Centres and a variety of other venues.  However it is likely that many Free Condom venues will be closed to the public at short notice in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We recommend using our online ordering form to ensure you get what you need.

Young People

The legal age of consent to have sex in Scotland is 16. If you are 13-15 years old you can get condoms but we’d encourage you to watch this video and think about if you’re ready for sex.

Sex is supposed to be enjoyable for all involved and should always start with consent, from both people. If you don’t enjoy the sex you are having or feel pressured and don’t know how to change your situation, you can get help on the Childline website

Condoms - What's Available!

All condoms are packed into plain white bags. Each bag contains 12 condoms. The bags are sealed with a label which has the use-by-date printed on it. Each pack contains a guide to using condoms. 

All condoms are non-spermicidally lubricated (meaning they are lubricated but without spermicide which has been known to cause irritation to some people). All condoms are Kite & CE marked so you can trust that they are of the highest quality.

 

 

The following products are available:

Standard Fit:

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Larger Fit: 

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Trimmer Fit: 

12 condoms in sealed

Variety Pack: 

3 standard, 3 larger, 3 trimmer

Allergy / Latex Free: 

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Female Condom: 

12 femidoms in sealed white bag

Black Condoms: 

12 condoms in sealed white bag

Size Matters!

Make sure you use the correct size of condom.  Condoms can split, burst or come off if they don't fit right. A condom that is too large could slip or move during sex. A condom that is too tight could split, tear or burst.

Try out our 'variety pack' if you are new to using condoms or haven't tried anything from the Free Condoms range yet.  The variety pack contains 12 condoms: - 4 standard, 4 larger fit and 4 trimmer fit.  Try them on and see what fits you best.

The sizes for each of the condoms in the range are:

Lubricant - What's Available!

Lubricant should always be used for anal sex. The anus has no natural lubrication so using lubricant will reduce the chance of the condom tearing or bursting. Make sure you always use a water based lubricant. Lubricant can be used during vaginal sex if dryness is an issue.

You can use our lubricants with both latex and latex free condoms. Please note that some types of lubricants are oil based (for example baby oil, massage oil and petroleum jelly) and will destroy latex condoms. 

The following products are available:

Clear Lubricant: 

Light Lube is a water based formula for gentle lubrication.  Clear, odourless and non-staining, it is long lasting and can be reactivated with a few drops of water.  CE approved. 100% Paraben free.

(12 sachets in sealed white bag)

 

Opaque Lubricant:

TLC Lube is a water and silicone based formula for lasting lubrication.  Opaque, odourless and non-staining, it is long lasting and can be reactivated with a few drops of water.  Also contains skin soothing properties.  CE approved.  100% Paraben free.

(12 sachets in sealed white bag)

 

 

General Advice on Lubricant use

  • DO NOT add lubricant to the inside of the condom
  • DO NOT apply lubricant on the penis before putting on the condom.
  • Any oil based product, including baby oil or Vaseline, can damage the condom causing it to split or tear.
  • Lubricant is only advised for vaginal sex when vaginal dryness is an issue.
  • Lubricant is always advised for anal sex.

Water based lubricant is available from the Free Condoms scheme and is provided in 10ml sachets. You will receive 12 sachets in each pack. You can use our lubricants with both latex and latex free condoms. 

General advice regarding anal sex

  • Lubricant is always advised for anal sex
  • Use plenty of water based lubricant on both the condom (the whole shaft not just the tip) and the anus.
  • It is recommended that people change to a fresh condom after every half hour of anal sex.

 

 

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