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More men are using condoms, according to a new study. A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics in the US has revealed that 34 per cent of men are now using condoms, which is an increase of 14 per cent compared to previous results.

Over 20,000 15 to 44-year-olds were polled for the survey, which revealed that 34 per cent of men and 24 per cent of women used a condom the last time they had sex. While this shows improvements on previous findings, it still shows that not enough people are using condoms.

According to the survey, under 20 per cent of women said they used a condom every time they had sex. Almost 60 per cent of women also said they hadn't used a condom in the last year, compared to 47 per cent of men. Condom use was found to decline when men and women were in long-term relationships.

However, those that do use condoms often seem to encounter problems with this form of protection. Of those who said they had used a condom within the last month, 29 per cent said there was a problem or it wasn't used properly. This suggests that more needs to be done to educate people on the correct ways to use condoms.

The survey also asked women if the condom ever fell off or broke during sex, with 6.5 per cent saying it did, which can also indicate improper use. Almost 26 per cent admitted that in the last month, a condom was only used part of the time when having sex, meaning they were still at risk of pregnancy and of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Not using condoms during sex or using them incorrectly can put both yourself and your partner at risk of STIs that can lead to serious health complications. Condoms should be used at all times during sex to offer full protection - or as close to full protection as you can get - even if other forms of birth control are in use.