Indian condom use 'needs to improve'

Condom use among males in India needs to improve in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect against sexually-transmitted infections.

This is the suggestion of new figures from the country's union health ministry, which revealed use of the prophylactics among men in the nation has fallen dramatically, the Times of India reports.

It was shown that 22 states out of 34 saw considerable falls in condom use in 2010-11 compared to the previous year, with the highest overall reductions seen in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Kerala and Haryana.

The only regions to have recorded an uptake in condom use were Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir.

Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad noted using all different forms of contraception could help India meet its future population targets.

The politician added: "Unless the rapid growth of population is contained, it will be difficult to ensure quality education, healthcare, food and housing, clean drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and a healthy environment for all."