NYC Condoms

The NYC Health Department distributes free safer sex products to over 3,500 locations throughout New York City including bars, clubs, restaurants, nail salons, barber shops, as well as hospitals, clinics and community based organizations. In 2015, NYCAP distributed over 37.2 million male condoms, 1.2 million female condoms (also known as the FC2) and 7.2 million packets of lubricant.

Why Use Condoms?

  • Condoms help prevent disease and pregnancy.
  • Using a condom correctly every time you have anal, vaginal or oral sex provides protection for you and your partners.
  • Condoms are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV. Consistent and correct use of condoms reduces the risk of other STIs, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, syphilis and HPV.
  • Consistent and correct use of condoms also is highly effective in preventing unplanned pregnancies. Birth control methods such as “the pill”, IUD and diaphragm do not protect you from getting HIV and other STIs.
  • For more information on how condoms can protect your health, see the CDC’s Condom Fact Sheet .

Find Condoms in NYC

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NYC Health distributes a vast array of sex products including: the NYC Condom (an ultra lubricated male condom), the NYC KYNG Condom (a larger sized condom), Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Sensitive, Extra Strength, Rough Rider (ribbed), Flavored, Ultra-Lubricated, Studded (all male condoms are LifeStyles® brand), the Female Condom (FC2) and water-based lubricant.

How to get condoms

Individuals can access free NYC Condoms, Lifestyles alternative condoms, female condoms (FC2), and personal lubricant by searching the Health Department’s Site Locator or by calling 311.

The NYC Condom Finder by NYC Health also helps you find free safer sex products no matter where you are in New York City. The NYC Condom Finder uses your smartphone's global positioning system (GPS) technology or allows users to manually enter an address to determine the five closest NYC Condom distribution venues.

Questions? We’ve got answers—email us at condoms@health.nyc.gov or call 311.

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What to do if the condom breaks

Condoms can occasionally break or slip off the penis. If that happens, stay calm and follow the steps below. Do not douche the vagina or anus (urination or a bowel movement is okay). Keep the condom wrapper and any other condoms that came in the same box or package.

If you may have been exposed to HIV or an STI

Call 311. Ask the 311 operator about your options – the operator can:

If you are concerned about pregnancy

Call 311. Ask the 311 operator about your options – the operator can:

  • Provide information about emergency contraception (sometimes called the “morning-after pill”), such as Plan B and Next Choice to prevent unintended pregnancy. You can also visit the emergency contraception webpage for more information.
  • Provide information on precautions and medications you can take to avoid getting pregnant.
  • Emergency contraception is available for free at NYC Health Centers to women and girls of all ages. If you are 17 or older, it is available at pharmacies without a prescription.

To report a broken condom

File a condom breakage report.  If the condom you were using was distributed by the NYC Health Department, the 311 Operator will connect you with someone from the NYC Condom Availability Program who will help you file a report. They will ask you for your contact information for any future follow-up. Please provide us with:

  • The lot number on the back of the condom wrapper
  • Some details about what happened (did the condom break before, during or after sex?)
  • We take these incidents very seriously and will thoroughly investigate condom breakage to find out what happened.

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Condom Education & Outreach +

The New York Condom Availability Program (NYCAP) provides education and outreach throughout New York City. Any NYC organization (non-profit, church, community based organization, business, etc.) can request a tabling. At the tabling, a NYCAP staff member will provide safer sex products as well as healthy living literature and be available to answer condom use and condom 101 questions.

Additionally, any NYC organization can request an educational training session or Condom 101 presentation. NYCAP staff members will provide educational information on how to use male and FC2 condoms and other safer sex products correctly.

Request a training/presentation (PDF)

NYC Condom Media Campaigns

NYC Condom has yearly initiatives to remind New Yorkers about the importance of using condoms. To request NYC Condom campaign materials, call 311.

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Brief History of Condoms in New York City

The NYC Condom Availability Program promotes condom use to prevent the transmission of HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy. Since 1971, NYC has been providing free male condoms in the city’s STI clinics. In the 1980s, distribution expanded to HIV and other social service organizations. The FC, or female condom, has been distributed by the Health Department since 1998. In 2005, the agency implemented online condom ordering, before which organizations could only order condoms via phone or fax.

After new research suggested that condom use drops significantly if any price is attached to a condom, the Health Department developed a strategy to greatly increase free condom distribution in all five boroughs. In 2007, the City launched a branded ‘NYC Condom’ with distinct, Gotham packaging as a way for DOHMH to track visibility and reach of condom distribution. The branded NYC Condom is a premium, lubricated LifeStyles condom that meets all FDA standards and is the same condom sold in stores. With the launch of the newly packaged NYC Condom, monthly distribution doubled to more than 3 million condoms per month. In 2012, the Health Department distributed more than 35 million male condoms and 1.5 million FC2s.

Since 2010, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, , Vancouver  and Toronto have followed NYC in creating a branded condom, and NYC has provided technical assistance to more than 100 city, state and national jurisdictions on a host of program-related topics ranging from starting a condom distribution program, developing social media and social marketing for condom distribution, how to build a condom distribution smart phone application and how to successfully engage the public using a condom wrapper design contest.

Timeline for NYC Condom Availability Program (PDF)

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More Resources

New York City Department of Health

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (202) 466-3825

Alan Guttmacher Institute
(212) 248-1111 (New York)
(202) 223-5756 (Washington, D.C.)

American Social Health Organization (919) 361-8400

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

AIDS Resources

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