In statistics that may worry health planners, a study on Indian youth has found that consistent condom use is dismal in young men who have had pre-marital sexual experiences.
The study, conducted by the Population Council of India under the aegis of the Union Health Ministry, covered 58,000 youth in six states in the age group of 15-29 years.
The study released recently found that consistent condom use was “almost non-existent” among the youth despite the fact that a sizeable proportion reported having pre-marital sexual experiences.
“Among youth who had experienced pre-marital sex, only 13 per cent of young men and three per cent of young women reported that they had always used a condom,” the study said.
It also found that correct awareness about condoms was far from universal, especially among young women.