What is a condom?
Method of contraception
Protection against HIV and STIs
A condom protects you and your partner against HIV and most STIs. It lowers the risk of infection with other STIs. However, it does not always fully cover sores, blisters and warts on the skin of your or your partner. This means that you still run a risk of infection with an STI.
You can buy condoms without a prescription at a pharmacy or supermarket. Sometimes you can also find them in other shops, bars and nightclubs or vending machines. You can also buy condoms on the internet.
A condom costs about 0.20 €. Special condoms, for example with a special flavour or ribs, can cost up to € 1 apiece. Some organisations offer condoms for free. Ask one of the health professionals below.
There are also female condoms.