The C-Card scheme gives young people access to free condoms, internal condoms and lubricant in Brighton and Hove.
Brighton and Hove C-Card App
C-Card is now app-based and even easier to use. You can download the Brighton and Hove C-Card app for free on your smart phone in Apple store or Google Play:
If you are over 16, you need to watch some quick videos and answer a few quiz questions before your app is ready to use.
If you are under 16, you will need to visit one of our SHAC services or your school nurse drop-in to get your app unlocked. You’ll have a quick chat with a trained professional and they will make sure that you are happy & safe – they will then unlock your C-Card app for you to use.
Not able to use the app?
If you are not able to use the C-Card app for some reason, for example you don’t have a smartphone, you can sign up for a paper C-Card at one of our hybrid C-Card sites. Paper C-Cards can only be used to collect condoms at hybrid sites e.g. where the card was issued.
If you lose your C-Card or your app isn’t working you can always collect 3 condoms from any C-Card collection point – just ask.
Once you have the app on your phone, you can visit any open access C-Card site, scan their QR code poster using the scanner in your app and show your collect screen to a member of staff. They will then give you 6 condoms and a lube for free – no questions asked!
You can collect a condom pack every 7 days. You can ask for more if you need them.
If you want condoms in different sizes (trim, king-size or super-king), internal condoms, or you have a latex allergy and need latex-free condoms you can contact us to request this.
If you have a paper C-Card you will only be able to collect condoms at hybrid sites e.g. where the card was issued.
All C-Card sites also offer free home Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test kits and most C-Card pharmacies also provide FREE Emergency Contraception (sometimes called “Morning After Pill”) to under 25’s. You can also order a home test kit through the app and find a list of free EHC (Emergency Hormonal Contraception) pharmacies.
C-Card Collection Sites
C-Card sites display the C-Card logo in their window and you can also find a map of C-Card sites in the app.
You can find a map of sexual health services in Brighton and Hove here.
Open access sites
Open access sites give out condoms to anyone with the C-Card app. View the open access sites for a full list.
Closed access sites
Closed access sites only give out condoms to their own clients or students with the C-Card app.
This means that you cannot go to these services unless you are already linked up with them. This includes school health drop-ins, college sexual health drop-ins and some services working with young people such as RU:OK? and the Youth Offending Service. View the closed C-Card collection sites for a full list.
Hybrid C-Card sites
Hybrid C-Card sites can issue paper C-Cards to young people who aren’t able to use the C-Card app for some reason. At hybrid C-Card sites you can use your C-Card app or your paper C-Card to collect free condom packs.
Most hybrid C-Card sites are closed C-Card sites, which means that you cannot go to these services unless you are already linked in with them. View the hybrid C-Card collection sites for a full list.
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