Condom couriers crash capital

Have you ever wanted condoms delivered straight to your door? You might already do this by buying them online. However, one charity in London is having them couriered around the city and delivered to anyone requesting them, free of charge!

The organisation in question is HIV and sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust. On Monday (November 3rd) it announced the launch of its new condom cycle courier service Luber, which has been designed specifically for gay and bisexual men in East London.

Speaking about the service, Terrence Higgins Trust programme office Justin Harbottle said: "It may seem at first glance like a bit of fun, but Luber has been set up to meet a serious need. London has the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections in the country, so gay and bi men who live here are at greater risk than elsewhere."

Luber is simple. All you need to do to get a free delivery of condoms, lube or even a postal HIV test kit is contact the Terrence Higgins Trust through one of several gay dating apps it has teamed up with. The items will then be delivered right to your door by one of Luber's cycle couriers, who will also be able to offer sexual health advice.

"We’re always looking for new ways to ensure men have what they need to protect themselves, and mobile apps give us a great opportunity to do this," added Mr Harbottle.

The service has been launched in order to coincide with the lottery-funded Fringe! queer film and arts festival, an annual event for the gay community in East London. It is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London and is a partner of the British Film Institute Film Audience Network.

What do you think? Will you be queueing up for a free shipment of condoms and lube? Or does the idea of a condom cycle courier confuse you? The Terrence Higgins Trust is certainly hoping the idea is a success, as it will go a long way towards promoting sexual health in London.