Reasons Why You Should ‘NOT’ Wash and Reuse Condoms- CDC Warns

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Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shook the internet with a tweet stating the following:

“We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse condoms! Use a fresh one for each sex act.”


In the comments, some people were in distress by the statement because they couldn’t understand why someone would do such a thing; while others were shocked it had to be said by the CDC.

However, people fail to realize while it may not be a popular thing, the CDC’s tweet is a mandatory reminder, whether Sex-Ed has been taken or not in grade school, most people are not aware of the importance of a condom. Some individuals only understand the basics of the barriers creation, which was to protect against pregnancy.

Now in the 21st century, where government officials have tried to ban and continue to find ways to eliminate “proper” sexual education, it only makes sense that the CDC reiteration of the right way to use a condom had to be tweeted.

But Why Use A New Condom For Each Sex Act?

A new condom is needed for each sex act to prevent bacterial transmission from your anus, mouth, vagina, penis, or any other sexual organ to another. People may think washing a condom well would remove any bacteria residue on the condom, but forget condoms are moist most of the time and some bacteria’s will transfer to other moist areas.

Sexologist Megan Stubbs Ed. D told Refinery29, “When I think about washing a condom, it’s warm and wet and there’s no way you’ve scrubbed all of the microorganisms away. So a used condom is just a petri dish of bacteria.”

Condoms are predominately used for two things: prevent STD and STI transmission & pregnancy.

The sexual barriers are made for male and females, of material that usually consists of latex. However, many people have declared their allergy to latex and some condoms are now made from other rubber materials that are not harmful to the body such as, polyurethane and polyisoprene.

This material can cause condoms to tear, leakage, and slip if a condom isn’t used correctly. If a person persists in washing or reusing a condom there is a higher chance for the condom to become defective, and can no longer be used for its purpose.


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Another issue that can occur when washing or reusing a condom is it can no longer be rolled on. An unrolled condom will no longer fit properly.

Dr. Alyssa Dweck, Board-Certified OB-GYN, told BuzzFeed News, “Condoms are rolled up for a reason … because it makes them easier to apply when you roll it onto an erect penis.”

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  1. I’m surprised…and yet, not really. I reuse my own syringes on myself for my insulin. But, even those I discard after a time or two. I can’t imagine sharing one, which is what a condom is for. Sharing.

  2. When a person uses a condom, they are a barrier in the sharing experience of sexual intimacy. I’m not entirely sure there are many used in masturbation techniques, although, they probably are….

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