Condom use 'needs to improve' among India's youth

The number of young Indians wearing condoms while having sex needs to improve, new research has suggested.

Carried out by the Population Council, the study - entitled Condom Use Before Marriage and its Correlates: Evidence from India - revealed just 27 per cent of young men in the country who are indulging in sexual practices before tying the knot are using the products, Reuters reports.

In addition, the investigation found the same can be said for only seven per cent of women in such circumstances.

As part of the study, 2,408 unmarried individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 who have had sex were questioned on their actions between the sheets.

The authors of the report noted: "Our findings highlight that pre-marital sexual experiences were unprotected for most youth."

According to the team from the Population Council - which has operated for almost 30 years - the results corroborate previous findings that showed female in premarital relationships are less likely to wear condoms than their male counterparts.