c:card is the quick and easy way to access condoms in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
A c:card is a plastic card which is yours to keep and use to collect free condoms and other safer sex products on the c:card range.
This free service is managed by NHS Lothian and facilitated by partner agencies in a variety of settings - schools, colleges, universities, youth agencies, health settings, and many other places. So it should be easy to find a point that’s close to you.
The first step is to go along to a c:card point to register and get your c:card.
When you get to your nearest c:card point you will be seen by a trained worker who is commmitted to providing a high quality service which is friendly, welcoming and easy to use. We realise that some people find it difficult, awkward or embarrassing to access sexual health services. That’s why all c:card workers will provide you with an open, welcoming service that treats you with respect.
If it's not like this please contact us to let us know.
c:card is open for everyone in Edinburgh and the Lothians who are aged 13 or older. There are no upper age limits – no one’s too old to use a c:card.
c:card is a non judgemental service which responds positively to clients sexual health needs. We are an inclusive service which is open to all people - straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. All clients will be treated fairly and respectfully no matter what their gender, sexuality, ethnic origin, age etc.
Any information you give to a c:card worker will remain private and confidential.
It is vital that c:card is trusted as a confidential service. However c:card confidentiality is not absolute.
In situations where the c:card worker believes that a young person under the age of 16 years of age is or has been at risk of harm, workers will not be able to maintain confidentiality and must respond to this as a child protection concern.
Aged 16 or older
If you are age 16 or older, you can go to any c:card point - c:card direct or c:card plus.
Some c:card plus points that are based within youth agencies may have an upper age limit, but as a service c:card doesn’t have any upper age limit. If in doubt check out the information on 'find a c:card point' page.
You don't need to give your name or address to register for your c:card. All you will be asked for is your date of birth and the first part of your post code - this information is confidential and you can't be traced from it.
Once you are registered, you will be given a silver c:card card with your own personal number on it - this is your c:card to keep and use again. You will also get a silver information leaflet and a points list showing you where else you can go to use your c:card.
The worker you see will show you all the condoms in the c:card Range and help you to make a choice of condoms and lube.
Once you are registered and have your card it couldn’t be simpler. Just turn up at any c:card point , show your card and collect your condoms for free!
Remember c:card is a confidential service and no information you give will be shared except in cases where there is a child protection concern.