Young people 'increasingly using condoms'

Young people in the US are increasingly using condoms when engaging in sexual activity, new research has found.

Conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and presented at the International AIDS Conference, the findings revealed sexual behaviour among high school pupils has changed markedly over the last 20 years.

It was demonstrated that while 46 per cent of these youngsters said they used condoms the last time they had sex when questioned in 1991, this figure has since risen to around 60 per cent.

Furthermore, the use of this form of contraception peaked in 2003, when 63 per cent said they practiced safe sex.

Dr Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC's HIV prevention centre, said: "This is good news ... [but] we need to do a lot more."

He claimed sex education policies in many school systems are not strong enough to fully teach young people about the prevention of HIV.