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Men who watch porn that features condoms in use are more likely to use protection in their own sexual exploits, a new study has found. Research suggests that if men see people putting condoms on in porn films, there is a higher chance that they will use them when engaging in anal sex.

A new study looked at 265 men aged 18 and over from Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC and Baltimore, US. Each of the individuals had watched sexually explicit films within the past three months and had engaged in sex with a man during the same period.

The men were asked how many times they had engaged in anal sex during the three-month period. They were also asked how much unprotected anal sex they had had compared to how much protected anal sex they'd had.

It was found that 92 per cent of participants had watched porn that featured anal sex without the use of a condom. Almost half (48 per cent) reported that watching this type of porn had encouraged them to have sex without using protection.

Around 70 per cent of the men involved in the study said that they often wanted to act out similar sex acts to those they had viewed in porn, while 55 per cent admitted to seeking sex after watching pornographic films.

As a result of these findings, the study's authors believe that showing men putting on and wearing condoms in pornography could encourage men to use them more often. This could have a drastic effect on reducing the spread of STIs.

Eric Schrimshaw, co-author of the study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Said: “Men who viewed more pornography containing condom use engaged in fewer condomless anal sex encounters.

“Even those who took part in compulsive pornography viewing were not more likely to engage in condomless anal sex.”