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 enables you to get free condoms via post, or if you are 24 and under you can also collect from various pharmacies in Luton.
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 call us on 01582 497070 to book an urgent telephone 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.