The World Health Organization has warned that condom failures are on the rise, as the proportion of condom users in the world continues to decline.
The WHO said in a statement on Tuesday that condom failure rates were rising faster than ever before.
It cited data from the World Health Organisation’s annual report on condom use, released on Wednesday.
“In 2014, more than half of condoms used in the developed world were never used and one-fifth were never given at all,” the WHO said.
“This is a new norm and we are seeing it now.”
The report said the proportion who had ever used a condom had increased by 14% to 31% since 2003, when it first began tracking the problem.
The decline is particularly alarming given the rising rates of new HIV infections, which have doubled over the past decade.
It also comes as more people are getting the flu and some countries are also struggling to combat the pandemic.
While there has been a rise in the proportion with ever-used condoms in recent years, the proportion that have been given for the first time in recent decades has also dropped, the WHO added.
The trend is particularly worrying given that condoms are the most commonly used form of protection against STDs and HPV.
In addition, a growing number of countries have decided to switch to latex condoms, which are more comfortable to use and have a better resistance to getting caught.