Where to Find Free Condoms

Practicing safer sex doesn't need to cost you an arm and a leg. A lot of times if you just look around you can get a condom for free. Some places that often have free condoms include:

  • County Health Departments
  • STD Clinics
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Campus Health Centers
  • The Internet (search: "Free Condoms")
  • Bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors, salons, barbershops, and other locations that cater to sexually active high-risk clientele.
  • Bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Some cities, like New York, even put out lists of where you can find free condoms to make them more accessible.

As with any other condom, always be certain to check the freshness of the package by looking at the expiration date and feeling for the air bubble.

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Why People Hand Out Free Condoms

It may seem strange that people would hand out free condoms as often as they do, but there are several potential reasons for it. The first is that certain places, such as STD clinics and campus health centers, have a vested interest in reducing the number of STDs in the populations that they serve. Giving people free condoms and other safe sex supplies helps keep their clients healthier and reduce the amount of money they have to spend on patient care.

The second is that handing out free condoms doesn't necessarily cost the organization handing them out money. Sometimes state, county, or city health departments will donate condoms to be handed out in high-risk settings. They, of course, benefit from the potential to reduce healthcare spending. Other times, the condom companies themselves hand out free condoms. Doing so is both good for the community and good marketing. If people find types of condoms they like when they're getting them for free, they may decide they're worth seeking out in stores.

Finally, other companies may use branded condoms as marketing tools. Condoms are relatively cheap to customize, easy to hand out, and potentially give you a good conversational bang for your buck. They may not be as consistently used as pens, but they're also probably a heck of a lot cheaper.

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  1. Renaud TC, Bocour A, Irvine MK, et al. The free condom initiative: promoting condom availability and use in New York City. Public Health Rep. 2009;124(4):481-9. doi:10.1177/003335490912400404

Additional Reading
  • Khosropour C, Sullivan PS. Receipt and use of free condoms among US men who have sex with men. Public Health Rep. 2013 Sep-Oct;128(5):385-92.
  • Ndabarora E, Mchunu G. Factors that influence utilisation of HIV/AIDS prevention methods among university students residing at a selected university campus. SAHARA J. 2014;11:202-10. doi: 10.1080/17290376.2014.986517.
  • Renaud TC, Bocour A, Irvine MK, Bernstein KT, Begier EM, Sepkowitz KA, Kellerman SE, Weglein D. The free condom initiative: promoting condom availability and use in New York City. Public Health Rep. 2009 Jul-Aug;124(4):481-9.
  • Sionean C, Le BC, Hageman K, Oster AM, Wejnert C, Hess KL, Paz-Bailey G; NHBS study group; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV Risk, prevention, and testing behaviors among heterosexuals at increased risk for HIV infection--National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, 21 U.S. cities, 2010. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2014 Dec 19;63(14):1-39

By Elizabeth Boskey, PhD
Elizabeth Boskey, PhD, MPH, CHES, is a social worker, adjunct lecturer, and expert writer in the field of sexually transmitted diseases.