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When you're in the heat of the moment and really enjoying some passion with a new partner, the last thing you'll want to do is stop, however briefly.

But a new campaign by Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging young people in particular to do just that - at least until they've had long enough to slip on a condom.

The public service organisation is concerned that the number of sexually transmitted infections among under-25s is continuing to rise, as well as that some of these incredibly nasty diseases are getting more and more resistant to the drugs previously used to treat them.

That's why it has launched a new drive called Protect Against STIs, which is all about warning people of the dangers of unprotected sex and aiming to reduce the incidence of things like chlamydia through condom use.

A website supports the campaign and features information on STIs, including how it feels to get one, how to use condoms to avoid them - and where to go for help if you think you've got one already.

"It is concerning that many sexually active young people are not using condoms with new partners. We need to remind young people of the importance of using condoms with a new or casual partner to help prevent infection," said PHE's Gwenda Hughs.

Research carried out by PHE and YouGov discovered that half of 16 to 24-year-olds have slept with someone new without using a condom. Around one in ten admitted to never having used one at all.

When young people did slip on protection, the majority (58 per cent) reported doing so for fear of pregnancy, not because they were concerned about STIs.

Asked why they avoided condoms, many respondents to the survey said sex simply felt better without them. However, this needn't be the case. Most brands now make products designed to feel as natural as possible, plus many have extras like ridges for greater pleasure.

If you're curious about condoms, check out our range here. We're fully behind PHE in backing safe sex for everyone, no matter what their age.