Almost half of under-25s 'never use a condom with a new partner'

Almost half of under-25s 'never use a condom with a new partner'
From BBC - December 14, 2017

A new campaign's being launched by Public Health England to get more under-25s to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections spreading.

It's the first government sexual health campaign in eight years.

It comes as a survey carried out by PHE and YouGov revealed almost half of 16-24-year-olds have never used a condom with a new partner.

One in 10 of them had never even used one.

STIs can cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, swollen or painful testicles and even meningitis.

Public Health England and YouGov spoke to more than than 2,000 16-24-year-olds about their sexual health.

The main reason for not using a condom was because they said sex felt better without one.

Jordan, who's 19 and from Wrexham, admits he only uses them around "half the time".

He told Newsbeat that being drunk was one of the reasons he had not used one with a new partner.

"Drink definitely has an effect, because when you are drunk, you are more careless."

The poll found half the people who admitted to not using a condom had done so when drunk.

Jordan's housemate Lydia admits she's more cautious when sober.

But she adds the feeling is "not as nice" when a partner uses a condom.

Both admit to feeling guilty the day after having unprotected sex and have visited an STI clinic to get tested.

Other reasons given for not using a condom during sex included one of the couple being on the pill or having a contraceptive implant.

That's something student Ellie says is common.

The 20-year-old admits some men she's slept with are far more worried about getting her pregnant than getting an STI.


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