Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Don't wash or reuse condoms, USA agency advises Americans

Don't wash or reuse condoms, USA agency advises Americans

Their tweet comes after a spark of fear of antibiotic resistant sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention explained that reusing condoms is a form of its incorrect use and reusing these reduces their protective effects by causing them to slip, break or leak.

Apparently, it needs to be said: Don't wash or reuse condoms.

The organization urges men and women to use fresh protection each time they engage in coitus.

Though most people think this is a no-brainer, the CDC says some Americans are still reusing condoms.

The post has since gone viral, with more than 1,000 retweets and 1,600 likes.

The CDC released a tweet last week reminding people to not reuse or wash their rubbers. "Be sure and check the expiration date before using them!"

"This is actually the first time I have actually heard of something like this but that doesn't mean that is not possibly happening within communities, we haven't noticed any reports to use from clinicians in our area that this is sort of a trend that is occurring". 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. 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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