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New campaign makes it easier to access free condoms

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A new campaign has been launched raising awareness of how easy it is to access free condoms across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

Our new #NoHassle #NoQuestions #NoBlushes campaign features eye-catching visuals emphasising the number of venues offering free condoms with no need to register for the service.

Hazel-Ann McWhirter, Health Improvement Lead for the Free Condoms Service, said: “Condom use helps prevent the spread of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections, and also helps reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.

“Sexual health is a clear priority for us and evidence shows us people want a simple way to access free condoms across a variety of locations and venues. 

“We have created a service that can provide free condoms simply - people don’t have to negotiate unnecessary barriers such as registering and providing personal details. 

“No questions are asked so people don’t need to be nervous about collecting the free condoms, and there’s no registration required to use the service which is now spread over more than 400 venues across Glasgow and Clyde. 

“The service has been designed so that almost everyone has somewhere near them where they can pick up free condoms.

“By having so many Free Condom venues close to where people work, live, study and play, the service also addresses some of the health inequalities issues some local people continue to face.” 

Combining social media content plus public transport promotion, the Free Condoms campaign hopes to catch the eye of people of all ages and backgrounds and support good sexual health for everyone.

A dedicated website www.freecondoms.scot has information on where to access free condoms, who can access them, why it’s important to use them and links to advice on sexual health.

Both males and females can pick up as many condoms as they need and can use the service as often as they require.  

Condoms can be picked up in many pharmacies, health centres and a variety of other venues. 

Service users won’t be asked to give any personal details and staff don’t record anything about people using the service. Some venues might be able to offer some private space for those who wish to ask additional questions.

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