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Please don't wash and reuse your condoms

Please don't wash and reuse your condoms

In the United States, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted on its Twitter account an advisory urging people not to wash or reuse condoms, reported the Daily Mail. Condoms are fully effective if people properly use them.

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?

A lot of people still aren't getting the message about proper condom use.

This is because it's more likely to slip off or tear the second time around - and no-one wants that. "Use a fresh one for each #sex act", the CDC tweeted.

If you are using the condom again, then you may put your partner at a higher risk of infections such as unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases.




However, after reports that people were misusing condoms by washing and reusing them, the CDC wanted to remind the public that condoms are a one-and-done kind of device.

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.

The question arises why we cannot use a condom again?

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


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