Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
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Health officials: Condoms are not meant to be reused

Health officials: Condoms are not meant to be reused

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.

When condoms are properly used, they can prevent pregnancy, reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and may protect against other diseases like Zika and Ebola that spread, among other ways, through sexual contact.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to remind those who are sexually active to not wash or reuse condoms.

"So any time you re-use a condom you're actually posing risks to yourself and a partner for potential infections and exchange of bodily fluids, so it's not encouraged and not something that should be done - always use a new condom everytime you have any type of sex".

The post has since gone viral, with more than 1,000 retweets and 1,600 likes. "Use a fresh one for each #sex act".


Many on social media expressed surprise over the fact people reuse condoms, and some were even "disgusted" when the CDC issued the reminder.

Another reason why used condoms need to be thrown away include emergence and rise of super gonorrhoea infections or gonorrheal infections that are resistant to the commonly used antibiotics.

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. "Be sure and check the expiration date before using them!"

There are many things that can and should be recycled, but condoms are definitely not one of them.

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