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Don't wash or reuse condoms — CDC

Don't wash or reuse condoms — CDC

The Centers for Disease Control are warning people against washing or reusing condoms after one use. But apparently, it needs to be said. Well, 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.

"We say it because people do it", the CDC posted. "Use a fresh one for each #sex act".

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.

Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, also spoke to Buzzfeed about the dangers of washing and reusing condoms after sex.




"Condoms don't last forever", the organization tweeted.

The effectiveness of condoms, however, is eliminated after the first use.

You can check out their website here for more information. "Once it is full it will start to leak, and the excess liquid inside will cause the condom to slip off". "Be sure and check the expiration date before using them!"