Safe and consistent use of male or female condoms can bring down the risk of unplanned pregnancy and the transmission of most sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) during sex, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV. Safe and effective use of dental dams can also be used to reduce oral (mouth) transmission of STI’s
Condoms are available to buy in shops or online or get them free of charge from any of our clinics. You can sign up to our Condom Card scheme which is available for those up to 24 years old – this enables you to get free condoms from various pharmacies in Luton.
If you are 25 and older, you can sign up for the C-Card+ at Luton Sexual Health. Condoms for C-Card+ holders are available from clinic only. See more info on our Condom Card page.
If a condom splits or comes off during sex it could result in an unplanned pregnancy or the passing on of an STI.
If this happens, please come to our Walk IN & Wait service as soon as possible, or call us on 01582 497070 to book an assessment. We can discuss the risks and work out whether anything needs to be done, for example taking emergency contraception or being tested for STIs.
If the person you had sex with has HIV, or you think they might have HIV, you should consider post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment, which when taken within 72 hours of exposure can reduce the risk of HIV infection. During our opening hours, come into the Luton Sexual Health clinic as soon as possible. Or, if we are not open, go to the Accident and Emergency department of your nearest hospital.