Condoms: Why Use Them?

Using a condom every time you have anal, oral or vaginal sex protects you and your partners from getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydiagenital herpeshepatitis B and syphilis, and prevents unplanned pregnancies.

Although nothing except not having sex provides 100% protection, condoms are approximately 95% effective in preventing STDs and provide protection against pregnancy. But better safe than sorry—use another form of birth control (such as the pill, IUD, diaphragm, Depo-Provera) and a condom for greater prevention against both pregnancy and STDs.

Birth control methods such as the pill, IUD and diaphragm alone do not protect you from getting HIV and other STDs.

Grab a Handful and Go!

Individuals can get free NYC Condoms by visiting any of the establishments listed here or calling 311. Organizations can request NYC Condoms here or by calling 311.

Free female condoms are available as well for organizations serving high-risk clients. Organizations should email for more information. Eligible organizations must attend training before receiving their first supply and complete ongoing distribution reports. Individuals can pick up free female condoms at any of these locations. The female condom is also Medicaid reimbursable at local pharmacies.

Other types of male condoms (Durex® brand) are also available at select NYC Condom sites serving clients at high-risk for HIV and other STDs. Organizations wanting free Durex® condoms should email

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