American Social Health Association
American Social Health Association provides lots of information about sexual health and detailed Q&A sections on each of the main sexually transmitted infections. The website also explains how to talk to a partner about condoms and has an animated video on how to use a condom. For more information or resources, contact the ASHA Customer Service Helpline: (800) 783 9877 (Mon-Fri, 8 AM-6 PM).
Brook provides free, confidential advice on sex and contraception (as well as free condoms) for young people under the age of 25. Its website has a special section a list of Brook centres in the UK (click on the Go to Brook button on the ‘Contact Us’ page) so that you can find one near you. You can write to Brook confidentially via the ‘Ask Brook’ section on the website. Freephone helpline for young people: 0800 0185023 (Mon–Fri 9–5).
Condoms by Professor Adrian Mindel
Condoms by Professor Adrian Mindel is a book that tells you everything that you could wish to know about the history, manufacture and use of condoms. It is published by WileyBlackwell (ISBN 978 0 72791 267 1) and has a step-by-step guide to using a condom.
Durex offers information about its contraceptives (and also about penis sizes) on its website. The site also has a question and answer section, and several health tips. www.durex.com.
Family planning clinics
Family planning clinics provide free condoms. Look in the telephone directory under 'Family Planning' for your local clinic.or in the ‘Find a Clinic’ section on the website.
FPA (previously the Family Planning Association)
FPA (previously the Family Planning Association) provides free information on contraception and sexual health. The website has information about all types of contraception and a ‘Find a Clinic’ section.
Write to: FPA, 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8QU. Helpline: 0845 122 8600
Marie Stopes International
NHS walk-in centres in the UK
NHS walk-in centres in the UK provide emergency contraception. For your nearest centre, look at www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/Walk-incentresSummary.aspx
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has a very good website with lots of practical advice about using condoms, including a ‘How to use a condom’ movie, as well as advice about lubricants. Check out this site before buying condoms or lubricants from Internet sites.
Sylk is a lubricant, made from kiwi fruit that is safe to use with condoms. In the UK, it is available on prescription from your doctor. Alternatively, you can buy it from your local pharmacist (who may have to order it for you) or you can buy it by mail order. Write to: Sylk Limited, Freepost, PO Box 340, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 5WJ UK. Tel: 0870 950 6004.