Health officials: Condoms are not meant to be reused

Condoms can rip or slip off if you reuse them

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has warned the general population against reusing condoms after washing.

Correctly using male condoms, female condoms and dental dams every time, can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis. The CDC also added that those people who are sexually active not to wash the condom. Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, told BuzzFeed that by using a condom a couple of times, it diminishes the protective effect of condoms and can cause breakage, slippage, or leakage. Some people misuse condoms as they wash and reuse them.

For more information visit the CDC website.

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She says while this is not a common issue, re-using a condom can have negative impacts on you and your partner. This would be anyway be quite a hard task say experts and is most likely to lead to breakage.

Whether the CDC's warning actually influences people to not reuse condoms remains to be seen, but it has led to a lot of hilarious snark.

The agency tweeted the reminder last week urging people to "use a fresh one for each sex act". 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.

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