More US teenagers 'are using condoms'

Increasing numbers of US teenagers are going out to buy condoms, it has been revealed, which could mean messages about safe sex are resonating with the new generation of young adults.

According to the National Survey of Family Growth, since 2002 there has been a nine per cent increase in the number of male youths aged between 15 and 19 using condoms in their first sexual encounter.

In addition, six per cent more men within this age demographic are using condoms in conjunction with a female partner using a hormonal contraceptive.

Teen sexual activity appears to have reached a plateau since 2002, with the number of males and females between 15 and 19 admitting to being sexually active remaining at around 43 and 42 per cent respectively for nearly a decade.

The US has been taking its education on contraception seriously recently, with the New York Times reporting that schools in the Big Apple will be required to teach sex education classes, including guidance regarding condoms and other protection.