Almost half of Irish people admit to having had sex without protection against STIs.
A survey by Durex has found less than a third are consciously doing anything to prevent getting sexually transmitted infections, despite HSE reports of Gonorrhea increasing by over 50% between 2015 and 2016.
The research found there was no difference between attitudes of those in longer term relationships versus shorter term relationships or casual flings.
The research findings were revealed by Durex as part of its 'Wrap Up' campaign, which aims to educate and mobilise young people in protecting themselves against STIs.
Pregnancy remains the number one reason Irish people reconsider having unprotected sex, while 12% said unprotected sex was a risk they were willing to take.
Dr. Jack Lambert, Consultant in Infectious Disease and Genitourinary Medicine at The Mater Hospital, said rising cases of STIs can be put down to "young people's casual attitude" to protection.
"What can be taken from the recent findings is a need for further education on the matter and an open conversation when it comes to safe sex, not only with regards to preventing pregnancy but also STIs", he said.
Durex is supporting the ‘Wrap Up’ campaign, which aims to educate and mobilise young people in protecting themselves against STIs.