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Where to Get FREE Condoms!

With a plethora of options available there are no excuses. Pic from here.

Sex is great. But you know what’s not so great? Unprotected sex. (Sorry, thrill seekers.)  With the amount of sex that everyone is having and the plethora of resources available, it’s near criminal to have to buy condoms in this day and age. 

And let’s be honest – the drugs you can buy with the $10 you don’t spend on condoms will make everyone happier in the long run, so don’t do it. Okay? Instead, focus your energy on getting condoms FO’ FREE.  Here are some easy ways to make that happen:

1. Go to the doctor.

Really, just take one. Pic via this site.

Seriously, go. No matter your gender identity, if you are at the doctor and you say “May I please have some condoms?” they will give you some.  They also probably have a jar of them on a counter somewhere in the office, so if you’re feeling ~dAngEr0u$ you can probably just reach in and take them. (You can leave out the sign that says “Please take one!” when you tell your friends later.)

 2. Go to Rubber Revolution.

 It sounds like I made up this website for the purpose of this article, but I didn’t.  Type “Rubber Revolution DC” into Google (on privacy mode) and you’ll be sent to a page where you can sign up for free condoms to be shipped to you. There’s also a handy “Free Condom Locator” section of the site where you can type in your zip code and it will highlight organizations giving out free condoms in your area. It’s like Yelp, but for condoms!

 3. Raid your more responsible friend’s sock drawer.

Pic via this site.

It’s always a good rule of thumb to keep a condom or two in your wallet, but in the event that you haven’t done that – borrow one from your friend. Even if they make you pay them back later, it’s free in the meantime. Right?

4.  Ask the government.

Condoms from your local government. Pic from this site.

 If you work for or volunteer with a social/health organization, you can ask the New York State Department of Health to send you free condoms. This may not be a great idea if you don’t want the New York State Department to know about your sex life, or if you don’t live in New York State, but hey – free is free!

 5. Ask for free samples.

Here’s a list weird condoms to ask for samples of.

 Companies offering specialty condoms will offer single pack samples if you ask nicely enough.  This won’t apply to your standard Trojans, though, this is for the condom brands that glow in the dark, are made of snakeskin, or are have certain qualities that make you wonder if they should go in a vagina at all. YOLO, people, so don’t be afraid to ask.

6. Visit Planned Parenthood.

Security is sexy. Pic via Pinterest

 They have them, and they will give them to you FOR FREE.  If you do this frequently, it might be a good idea to also donate some money from time to time. Once Trump actually figures out how to defund Planned Parenthood, they’ll need it.

 7. Don’t have sex.

Yeah Right! Pic via Pinterest.

If you tell enough people that you’re not having sex, they’ll take pity on you and give you a condom. You’ll amass so many free condoms that by the time you need it, you’ll have them readily available. Just, you know, make sure they don’t expire. (Also, this is actually horrible advice.)

 8. Steal them from your local Duane Reade.

 What can I say? I’m a rebel.

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Alexandra Wilson

Alexandra Wilson

Boston-bred but Brooklyn-based, Alex has been writing for years and her work has been seen throughout many national publications, including USA Today, Brit+Co, and Elite Daily. In her spare time, Alex can be found exploring new neighborhoods, waiting in line for the newest food trend, and planning her next NYC escape. She someday hopes to travel to all seven continents - yes, including Antarctica.