New condom card scheme in Lewisham

A new condom scheme in Lewisham has been launched in a bid to provide greater access to the prophylactics for young people in the area.

Under-25s will be able to collect packets of the barrier method for free from a number of locations as part of the Condom Card scheme, News Shopper reports.

These include schools, colleges, libraries, community health clinics and youth clubs.

The project has been launched in an effort to tackle sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and teenage pregnancies - and is being kicked off on Saturday July 9th with the handing out of free condoms at an event named People's Day in Catford.

Ruth Hutt, consultant in public health for NHS South East London, said: "It's a very effective way of giving young people the freedom to pick up condoms at a wide range of locations they'll pass through day-to-day."

The news comes after Esther Trenchard Mabere, co-director of public health for Tower Hamlets, recently claimed the use of condoms in east London has been on the up in the past few years.