Young People Sexual Health Clinics – New Mobile Phone App »

… and under.  The services include contraception, STI testing and treatment, BBV testing, free condoms, general information and advice.

The mobile phone app, called ‘YP Services’, complements this service by providing young people with a resource at their fingertips electronically.  Young People can use the app to find out where to locate their nearest YPSH clinic and also gain access a wide variety of information and signpost them to services appropriate to their needs.

‘YP …

Testing Week Scotland 11-17 September 2017 »

… STIs


Staying on top of your sexual health means you can be confident about sex

Condoms and lube can protect you from the majority of sexually transmitted infections and PrEP is now available to people at greatest risk of HIV

If you are injecting drugs, it’s important to use a new set of equipment each time you inject

You can find out more from

Terrence Higgins Trust launches two new rapid HIV testing clinics in Lanarkshire »

… referred to a specialist clinic.  Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland staff will also provide free condoms, information and advice on safer sex.

Robert McKay, National Director for Terrence Higgins Trust in Scotland, said: “With advances in HIV testing and treatment, there are now far more reasons to know your HIV status than there are not to.  It used to be that you’d have to wait weeks for a result, but the modern tests we use will have you in and out in under an hour.  We’re …

World Aids Day »

… holding hands, sharing eating utensils, using toilet seats, swimming pools


Free condoms are available through the C Card Scheme for anyone living, working or studying in Lanarkshire.

You can choose to get your free condoms from any of the 118 C Card centres wherever you see this sign.

C Card centres can be found in:

56 GP Practices and Health Centres across Lanarkshire

62 pharmacies across Lanarkshire


There’s no need …

NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… about syphilis and details of local sexual health services, including how to access free condoms, visit .

Sexual health services for people who live in Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas are provided by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. For more information visit .

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (known as an STI ) that affects both men and women. It can be passed on easily through sex, …

Oral Sex »

… .  So use a condm for Oral Sex to protect youself and your partner. There are flavoured Condoms available which have been specially designed for oral sex.

C Card Scheme »

The ‘Free Condoms No Fuss’, C Card Scheme provides condoms and lubricant to anyone living, working or studying in Lanarkshire.

Condoms can help prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and can also help protect against unintended pregnancy.

Here are some frequently asked questions on what the scheme is about and how to use it.

Where do I get my C Card from? …

Online Sexplanations »

… Safer sex and regular testing is essential to prevent the spread of all STIs and free condoms are available at all 118 C Card Outlets in Lanarkshire. **


Young People Sexual Health Clinics – New Mobile Phone App

NHS Lanarkshire have recently developed a new mobile phone app to support the ‘Young People (YP) Sexual Health Clinics’.

YP Sexual Health (YPSH) Clinics, …

Safer Sexual Health »

… to 4.45 p.m.).  You’ll get advice on looking after your sexual health and you can access free condoms if you want them.  Free condoms are also available from Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics

(formerly Family Planning) Clinics and Integrated Sexual Health Clinics (formerly Genito-urinary GUM ).

A few do’s when using condoms

Do check out the handy guide in the condom packs before you use a condom to help you get it right.  Condoms come in all shapes and sizes …


… passed from one person to another during sex.

If you are having vaginal or anal sex, condoms can help make it safer and more fun. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours. Try different kinds of condom and see which ones suit you and your partner. More and more people are now finding that condoms are easy and sexy to use. You can also get female condoms. They are called femidoms and are a tube-shape made of very thin material …

Going on Holiday? »

… on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  If you are looking for condoms then please use our Free Condoms, No Fuss Service, for more information on where to obtain your free condoms please go to the Contraception part of this site.

TALK to your sexual partner about protection before it is too late

Taking condoms is not enough – if you have penetrative sex USE condoms

Keep an eye on your drinking.  Taking too much alcohol …

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) »

… passed from one person to another during sex. If you are having vaginal or anal sex, condoms can help make it safer and more fun. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours.

You can also get female condoms. They are called femidoms and are a tube shape made out of very thin material which lines the vagina.

Syphilis »

… infection. Syphilis sores are very infectious and can sometimes be on areas not covered by the condoms, or be hidden in the vagina, rectum or mouth, so take care. It is important to attend for regular sexual health checks so that infections can be picked up and treated early.

How common is Syphilis?

Until recently, syphilis was not very common. A large rise in the number of syphilis infections was observed in the last decade, particularly among men who have sex with other …

Young Persons Clinics »

… Referral to other services (e.g. smoking cessation, mainstream sexual health services)

Free Condoms

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time.

How do I talk to my partner? »

Some people find it hard to talk about Sex , or Safer sex and Condoms . It’s important to choose a time when you and your partner are both relaxed. Remember, it’s very difficult to talk about safer sex when you are drunk, tired or already in the mood.

Be honest about what you want, and talk about how you can stay sexy and healthy. See the safer sex section of this website.

If someone in a relationship discovers that they have a …

Who should use contraception? »

… are given in the contraception section of this website. However, it is only male and female Condoms that can provide protection against sexually-transmitted Infections ( STIs ).

The question of who is responsible for the use of contraception is much debated. The simple way of looking at it is that contraception should be used by anyone having a sexual relationship who wants to avoid the risk of pregnancy. Condoms will give protection to both partners against STIs. Each person is …

Painful Sex »

… both superficially and deep inside.

  Allergic reactions – to the material of some condoms, spermicide or contraceptive creams, and devices used for contraception or sex play.

If sex becomes associated with pain of any degree, then it may recur in anticipation of any sexual activity even when the original cause has been dealt with. Any pain should be discussed with your doctor who will take the action necessary to try to deal with it. This can involve both physical …

Bacterial Vaginosis »

… and your partner from sexually-transmitted infections.

How to stay sexy and healthy

Using condoms or having non penetrative sex is the best way to have safer sex. This means giving and getting pleasure in ways that don’t put you or your partner at risk of STIs.

Enjoy sex without penetration – why not try kissing, hugging, stroking, massaging, masturbating and body rubbing? All of these are safe and fun.

If you are having vaginal or anal sex, condoms can help …

Cystitis »

… cystitis is not sexually-transmitted, you should always practice safer sex. This means using condoms for vaginal, anal and oral sex. Condoms have really changed. You can get them in all different colours, shapes and flavours. Enjoy sex without penetration – why not try kissing, hugging, massaging, masturbating and body rubbing? All of these are safe and fun.

Further information

Many women get cystitis: around 1 in 3 women will experience cystitis at some point in …

Prevention »

… easily lead to infection with hepatitis.

Safer sex

Besides helping to prevent pregnancy, condoms are also effective in preventing the transmission of viruses. If you have hepatitis B, your partner should be immunised against hepatitis B (if not already infected).

Other sexual activities that can transmit hepatitis

Oral sex, which is licking/sucking the penis or vagina, can result in the transmission of hepatitis B. If you want to protect yourself from this then you …

The HIV Test »

… HIV regularly if you are having unprotected sex, and the best ways to prevent HIV are to use  condoms contraception /free-condoms/  and never share injecting kit.


For more information, testing or support: 


•  HIV Scotland 

•  Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland 

•  Waverley Care 

•  NHS Inform 

•  NHS 24 

Alcohol and HIV »

… be difficult to make informed decisions when you’ve been drinking. It is a good idea to carry condoms with you at all times, just in case.

Drugs and HIV »

… sexy, less inhibited and more likely to have sex. Protect yourself and your partner by using condoms every time you have sex.

You can buy new needles or get them free from needle exchanges. If you cannot get new equipment, it is possible to clean old equipment. You should not do this unless it is an emergency and you have no choice but to use old equipment.

This is what to do:- Flush out the syringe with clean, cold water. Do this three times. Draw a weak solution of bleach through …

Get Rubbered »

… It is a postal service for gay and bisexual men living in Lanarkshire who require condoms and lubricant (lube) for anal sex.  Free condoms and lube can be posted direct to your address in a discreet wrapper.  The Get Rubbered Scheme provides an alternative to the C Card Scheme for men who have sex with men who may be concerned about identifying their sexual orientation when asking for strong condoms.  The scheme is supported and part funded by NHS Lanarkshire.

To …

Just Ask »

… for workplaces and community services. 

Once registered, they receive regular supplies of condoms.  The condoms are then distributed to clients and/or staff.  It has been accessed by over 50 organisations, such as drug and alcohol services, area social work teams and mental health services some of which work with vulnerable or at risk groups of people.  It has also been accessed by some mainstream services and organisations such as colleges and workplaces.

The scheme is for …

Excuses/Answers for not using Condoms »

… (Levonelle or ELLA1), the more likely it is to work.


I don’t like the feel of condoms – it’s like having sex with your wellies on.


Maybe we need to use lots of lube to make it feel better and anyway, I’d rather lose a little feeling than be a parent or risk getting STIs.


You’re on the pill so we don’t need to use a condom.


The pill only protects against becoming pregnant but using a condom means we’re protected against …

Condoms! »

… or a femidom, preferably with a water based lubricant to make sure it doesn’t burst. Most condoms fail because people aren’t using them properly or they are using the wrong kind of condom for the kind of sex they are having.

But there is a lot more to safer sex than using condoms, and a lot more to sex than penetration !

Contraception is the name for methods that people use so that when they have sex they will not become pregnant eg the pill, the jag, the rod …

Young Women »

… is ok if you’re sexually active, especially if you have a new partner.  All this and free condoms too.  What are you waiting for?!

Another option available to you would be to talk to friends, family or clinic staff about any issues concerning you about sexuality.

Lumps, Swelling or Pain »

… be caused by unprotected anal sex where germs from the gut cause infection. safer sex /using condoms can stop this.


This is the medical term for swelling or infection in the testicle. It can also be caused by a blow or bump or flowing mumps. It is important that your doctor check this out. This condition can cause infertility.


A hernia happens when a small part of the gut slips through the abdominal wall and into the scrotum. Straining when you go to …

Anus and Rectum »

… lubricant like K-Y Jelly, Liquid Silk or Aquagel. Oil based lubricants seriously damage most condoms and can only be used with PVC condoms like Durex Avanti or with Femidoms.

Although oral genital sex is considered to be a low risk activity, the anus is likely to harbour a wider range of infection given its primary purpose of excretion. Using a condom or non-microwaveable cling film as a barrier for oral anal sex (rimming) helps to prevent aquiring an infection.

Anal fissure …

Prostitution »

… levels of sexual activity that can be physically harmful, may be forced to have sex without condoms, or be subjected to sexual violence.  They can experience trauma symptoms in response to their situation.  See Trauma page and Rape and Sexual Assault Page.


If you are currently in this position – for whatever reason – you should try to take care to protect yourself from sexual infections with regular checkups.  This can be done at any NHS Lanarkshire sexual health …

Alcohol & Sexual Health »

… unprotected sex can carry a risk of pregnancy and/or infections.

It is a great idea to have condoms with you all the time because this means they are available when you might need them. Try to stay aware of your sexual health even when you’re drunk. You can still do what you like, and keep safe.

Illicit Drugs »

… this can mean people feel less inhibited and more sexual.  Being aware of this and having condoms ready can make it easier to practice safer sex.


Drugs like Speed and Cocaine can make people more confident, chatty and outgoing.  Ecstasy, especially, can lead to temporary feelings of loving everyone around you.  At these times some people are more likely to want to have sex.  Again, staying sexy and healthy can be made easier by being prepared.  When using drugs, …

Health Advice »

… you to pace yourself and have a better night.

If you decide to have some kind of sex, using condoms properly gives you one less thing to regret.  Remember that the person you want to have sex with might not be feeling the same way. Be prepared to communicate and don’t be upset if you get a knock-back.