Free condoms for islanders
by Claire Peters
A scheme to give free condoms to islanders has been officially launched.
A scheme to give away free condoms has been officially launched in Jersey to coincide with National Contraceptive Awareness Week.
The service has been running since December and without being publicised has already provided 4,500 free condoms.
To benefit from the scheme you have to enrol, which includes a demonstration on how to use them properly and advice on sexual health.
Some people may be too embarrassed to buy condoms
Got your C card?
Once enrolled you’ll receive an anonymous ‘C card’ which will enable you to collect condoms from any of the Jersey’s sexual health services.
“Once you’ve got this card it’s kind of a free ticket to access anywhere that’s convenient for you to get free condoms,” explained the island’s sexual health promotion officer Aimie Tonsberg.
She said research shows that free condom and education schemes reduce sexually transmitted infections, and in some cases promiscuity.
“It stops people having sex a lot of the time,” she said, “it actually prevents young people from engaging in sex because they’re more aware of the risks.
De-stigmatise and normalise
The Health Promotion Unit hopes the initiative will help anyone who is too embarrassed to buy condoms over the counter.
“What we’re trying to do is de-stigmatise sexual health services and trying to normalise them,” explained Aimie.
Have your say
Do you welcome access to free condoms for all islanders? Or do you worry that it will encourage promiscuity?
Do you find buying condoms embarrassing? Would you be more likely to use condoms if you can get them free?
last updated: 12/02/2008 at 15:42
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