CDC: Do not wash or reuse condoms

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a reminder to the public to stop washing and reusing condoms.

The CDC said in a tweet that this reminder to all sexually-active Americans was sent out "because people do it."

The CDC provides the dos and don'ts for safe condom use on its website.

  • DO use a condom every time you have sex.
  • DO put on a condom before having sex.
  • DO read the package and check the expiration date.
  • DO make sure there are no tears or defects.
  • DO store condoms in a cool, dry place.
  • DO use latex or polyurethane condoms.
  • DO use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to prevent breakage.
  • DON’T store condoms in your wallet as heat and friction can damage them.
  • DON’T use nonoxynol-9 (a spermicide), as this can cause irritation.
  • DON’T use oil-based products like baby oil, lotion, petroleum jelly, or cooking oil because they will cause the condom to break.
  • DON’T use more than one condom at a time.
  • DON’T reuse a condom.
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