Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

CDC warns people not to wash, reuse condoms

CDC warns people not to wash, reuse condoms

"When I think about people reusing condoms I think about the risks also to the integrity of the condom so we think about how condoms are essentially used one-time only and therefore, reusing them several times could increase your chance of breakage as well". Some people may be stretched for cash and do this type of mistakes.

When used correctly, condoms can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and help prevent pregnancy.

The CDC issued a message on Twitter for both men and woman who may opt to use a dental dam instead of a traditional condom.

For more information visit the CDC website.

According to the CDC, condoms are a one-and-done kind of device.


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?

The agency tweeted the reminder in late July, but it's still freshly traumatizing people.

The question arises why we cannot use a condom again? Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, told BuzzFeed that by using a condom a few times, it diminishes the protective effect of condoms and can cause breakage, slippage, or leakage.

She said, "Soap and water won't kill all of the tiny microorganisms on or inside the condom, and it can only make the latex more prone to tear".

Health experts say reusing condoms could introduce something foreign into the condom, and you don't know if the integrity is still there.

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