Condoms are the only form of contraception that will protect you from most sexually transmitted infections. They are free in Liverpool for all ages, including under-16s, and you can get them from:

axess (Available at all axess clinics and online)


Student Health Centre (for registered patients or students of Liverpool University).

Some condom tips:

• Only use condoms that carry the European CE mark (the recognised safety standard) and always check the expiry date.
• Heat can damage condoms so store them in a cool, dry place.
• Put the condom on before you start to have penetrative sex (where the penis enters the vagina, anus or mouth) because sperm can be released before ejaculation.
• Use a new condom EVERY time you have sex and never use 2 condoms together (2 male condoms or a female and male condom together).
• Lubricants can make condoms easier to put on and can make sex more comfortable, but only use water-based products. Oil can damage the condom and increase the chance of it splitting.
• Ensure you have condoms before going on holiday to avoid problems with availability or language difficulties when buying them abroad.

For more information and tips on using condoms, visit:



The Eddystone Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust