With over 420,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in England in 2017, it is important for young people to stay protected and to stop this figure from rising.
Young people in Lincoln can pick up their contraceptives from a variety of places in Lincoln and the surrounding villages, especially those with a C Card, which is a scheme aimed at young people between 13-24 who can register to get a range of free condoms.
Where to get free condoms in Lincoln
- Lincoln-based charity Positive Health, located at 25 Newland. On the first Monday of every month the charity also runs a drop-in service where they offer Free Insti HIV Tests (results in 60 seconds)
- Lindon GUM, Lindon House, 134 Dixon Street
- Lincoln Youth Matters, Riseholme Road – registration and distribution point for the C-Card scheme
- St Giles Youth Centre, Swift Gardens – registration and distribution point for the C-Card scheme
- Saxilby Youth Club, St. Andrews Centre, William Street, Saxilby – registration and distribution point for the C-Card scheme
GP surgeries acting as registration/distribution point for C-Card scheme
- Cliff House Medical Practice, 82 Burton Road
- Birchwood Medical Practice, Jasmin Road
- Brant Road Surgery, 291 Brant Road
- Richmond Medical Centre, Moor Lane
- Bassingham Surgery, Torgate Lane, Lincoln
- Wragby Surgery, Old Grammar School Way, Louth Road, Wragby
Libraries included in the C-Card scheme
- Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane – registration and distribution point
- Ermine Library, Ravendale Drive – distribution point
- Welton Library, Cliff Road – distribution point
Pharmacy distribution to young people registered with a C Card
- Well Pharmacy, Sincil Street
- Well Pharmacy, 18 High Street
- Well Pharmacy, Moorland Avenue
Other data in the Public Health England report showed that there were 7,137 diagnoses of syphilis reported in 2017, which is a 20% increase to the year before and a 148% increase relative to 2008.
There were 44,676 diagnoses of gonorrhoea reported last year, which is a 22% increase from 2016.
Over 1.3 million chlamydia tests were carried out and over 126,000 chlamydia diagnoses were made among young people aged 15 to 24 years. There was an 8% decline in the number of chlamydia tests in 2017 compared to 2016.