Stop washing and reusing your condoms, says United States government

Pearl Mccarthy
August 3, 2018

That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention felt obliged to be proactive about the proper use of prophylactics. The tweet and message have been trending on social media and other media outlets this week.

Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, said the people who reuse condoms are putting themselves at risk.

Health officials are reminding people that condoms are not reusable.

In 2016, more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ― the highest number recorded.

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After seeing the CDC's tweet, people were - understandably - troubled and concerned for their fellow man.

The tweet also included a link to the CDC website, which has more information about how to correctly use condoms and why they are effective. It's widely known that condoms are used to help protect against sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies - if they're used properly.

The correct use of male condoms and other barriers like female condoms and dental dams can reduce the risk of STDs, but only about a third of Americans actually use them, CDC data shows.

She says while this is not a common issue, re-using a condom can have negative impacts on you and your partner.

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