Please don't wash and reuse your condoms

CDC warns people not to wash reuse condoms

Condoms are used widely as it can help in preventing unwanted pregnancies and protecting against sexually transmitted infections (STI) when condoms are used in a good manner.

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.

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

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The agency's advice is to "use a fresh one for each sex act", with a link in the tweet directing users to a CDC page on condom effectiveness and how to correctly use the contraception.

"I'm not sure why people would reuse a condom, condoms are readily available, they are very low-cost and most of our Northern Health sites from across Northern BC throughout our communities that are publicly funded and free and available for folks". Some people misuse condoms as they wash and reuse them. An older study from 2012 in the journal Sexual Health found that 1.4 to 3.3 percent of the participants in the study were reusing a condom at least twice during a sexual encounter. Reusing a condom after a wash would also mean putting it on unrolled and wet.

Some people might think soap and water will kill all of the tiny microorganisms on or inside the condom, but that's not the case. The washed condom with its weakened latex may be more likely to tear say experts.

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