Do not wash or reuse condoms — CDC

Leslie Hanson
August 4, 2018

In a trend worthy of "condomnation", people are apparently trying to stretch their dollars by reusing old condoms.

Experts say incorrect usage of a condom can impact its ability to reduce the risk of STD's as well as its ability to prevent pregnancy.

The centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a tweet saying that sexually active men and women should use new condoms every time before sexual intercourse.

The CDC's tweet reads: "We say it because people do it: Don't wash or reuse #condoms!" This would be anyway be quite a hard task say experts and is most likely to lead to breakage.

The agency's advice is to "use a fresh one for each sex act", with a link in the tweet directing users to a CDC page on condom effectiveness and how to correctly use the contraception.

Another reason why used condoms need to be thrown away include emergence and rise of super gonorrhoea infections or gonorrheal infections that are resistant to the commonly used antibiotics. By reusing them, people are putting their partners at a greater risk of infections.

The question arises why we cannot use a condom again? The CDC data show that there are over two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis recorded in 2016 and this makes right condom use even more imperative. "Be sure and check the expiration date before using them!" If people do find that cost is a barrier for them to accessing condoms please reach out to our community sites or primary care clinics.

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