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CDC: ‘Don’t Wash Or Reuse Condoms’

CDC: ‘Don’t Wash Or Reuse Condoms’

Their tweet comes after a spark of fear of antibiotic resistant sexually transmitted infections. Condoms are fully effective if people properly use them.

The organization is urging men to use a new condom each time they have sex.

The US government wants you to know that washing and reusing your condoms is gross and wrong, as well as unhealthy.

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.

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Condoms are used widely as it can help in preventing unwanted pregnancies and protecting against sexually transmitted infections (STI) when condoms are used in a good manner. Reusing a condom after a wash would also mean putting it on unrolled and wet.

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. These strains can cause severe illnesses that are hard to treat and may become potentially lethal.

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.

They also say to make sure they are not expired and to check for tears or defects.