CDC confirms condoms are not meant to be reused

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned the people that do not use the condom again.

Proper condom use will reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections as well as diseases like Zika, and Ebola and pregnancy.

For more information visit the CDC website.

This announcement comes as the CDC is also making sure men who have sex with men know they are now especially at risk of contracting Shigella - an infection with symptoms like diarrhoea, fever and abdominal pain - through rimming.

"We say it because people do it: Don't wash or reuse condoms!" the CDC tweeted.

The CDC tweeted, "We say it because people do it: Don't wash or reuse #condoms!"

Condoms are meant to protect against unwanted pregnancy and STIs and breakage or leakage of condoms can not protect an individual from any of these she said.

This is because it's more likely to slip off or tear the second time around - and no-one wants that.

In a trend worthy of "condomnation", people are apparently trying to stretch their dollars by reusing old condoms. These strains can cause severe illnesses that are hard to treat and may become potentially lethal. 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.

In 2016, more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ― the highest number recorded. If people do find that cost is a barrier for them to accessing condoms please reach out to our community sites or primary care clinics.