According to condom pioneers Durex, the message is simple: condoms are the only form of protection that can help stop the transmission of STIs and prevent pregnancy. And we happen to agree with them.

Condoms can protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections when used correctly. It is essential you know how to put them on, and how to take them off correctly to ensure you get maximum protection. Here Annabelle Knight runs you through the basics of what you need to know to use your condom properly.

What is HIV and are we close to a cure? 

Protect yourself, learn about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), how it works, how to get it, and if it's the right choice for you. 

PEP may help protect you from HIV infection after possible exposure from things like sex without a condom, condom slips and breaks, shared needles, and sexual assault. Watch this video to learn more about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis.

 

 

Free Condoms? - No problem!

It costs nothing to be good in bed, and here's the proof! - We want to help make sure you have condoms, dams or lube with you the next time you have sex so you're safe and have fun.

We provide free condoms to community groups and to individuals.  Condoms help to achieve safe sex, prevent HIV transmission and enables discussion about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.  Our condoms are distributed in packs of different sizes with lube, information and referral contacts along with our very own  ‘Size-OH-Meters‘ – designed to reduce transmission by encouraging people to use correct size condoms. Last year we gave out over 33,500 condoms of various sizes and over 1000 femidoms.

Pop in to our office to pick your pack

Free condoms, lubricants, femidoms and oral sex dams are available from a number of places across the UK, to if you're not local to Leicester, visit NHS Choices to see what's local to you.

You may be surprised but many still don't know how to select the right condom and some people put them on incorrectly.  The videos on this page can help you get it right. 

Know Your Size!

Knowing your condom size is the first and most important step for safer sexual health. Some would say ‘a condom is just a condom why bother about the size’, but there is more to it.

Using the wrong size condom will have adverse results which may expose you to sexual infections or the risk of pregnancy.

  • If the condom is too small it is likely to burst / break.
  • If the condom is too big it will come off – perhaps inside.
  • The combination of your length and circumference (girth) will help you choose the right condom size:

To check what size condom you should be using, pick up your own 'size-oh-meter' from our office or for bulk orders, please see here [link to well for living].

HIV & Safe Sex Websites

The National AIDS Trust

The National AIDS Trust provide information and resources to help others - both individuals and organisations - better understand and meet the needs of people living with HIV. Their resources are based on expert advice and latest evidence and developed with the involvement of people living with HIV. People living with HIV have important rights and protection under the law.  Through their resources, we can help you understand your duties, respect the rights of people living with HIV and treat people living with HIV fairly and supportively.

The Mix

The Mix provide essential support for under 25's.  They're here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and "please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud" thoughts you may have. 

You can access their support, without the worry of anyone else finding out though their articles and video content online.

Positively UK

Positively UK provides peer-led support, advocacy and information to women, men and young people living with HIV to manage any aspect of their diagnosis, care and managing life with HIV.  Their programme of workshops support people with a new HIV diagnosis, those managing pregnancy and develop self-management skills.