CDC: 'Don't wash or reuse condoms'

Leslie Hanson
August 3, 2018

Apparently, it needs to be said: Don't wash or reuse condoms. The tweet and message have been trending on social media and other media outlets this week.

It may sound like an odd reminder, but the CDC tweeted "We say it because people do it". Reasons for the high infection rates in the region range from cultural barriers and lack of safe-sex education to drug use.

According to a report from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, many people are washing or re-using condoms after they have used them.

The Atlanta-based health agency also advises that people use "use a new condom for every act of vaginal, anal and oral sex throughout the entire sex act".


People who do this should know that they are putting themselves and their partner more at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, and - if it's possible in your partnership - pregnancy is also much more likely.

So why can't you reuse condoms, as if they were no different than the cocoon of plastic grocery bags you keep hanging on the inside of a random kitchen cabinet?

"We say it because people do it: Don't wash or reuse #condoms!"

"Incorrect use, such as reusing a condom or using more than one at a time, diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to condom breakage, slippage, or leakage", she told BuzzFeed News.

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