US Government Urges Men To Stop ‘Washing And Reusing’ Condoms


The US government’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tweeted an apparently necessary reminder about condom usage: they’re single-use only.

We’ve heard of reusable plastic bags, but this is ridiculous.

“We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act,” the tweet by the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention reads.

Many on social media expressed surprise – and disgust – at the CDC’s revelation that anyone would reuse a condom.

“Well, what the hell am I supposed to with all these condoms in the dishwasher now?” one person (hopefully) joked.

Another person said, “I’m just upset that this is something that people needed to be told.”

The CDC’s tweet links to a page on the centre’s website, advising men to use a condom every time they have sex, check the expiration date on the package and make sure the condom has no tears or defects.

The CDC says to store condoms in a cool, dry place and to use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage.

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