In the United States, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted on its Twitter account an advisory urging people not to wash or reuse condoms, reported the Daily Mail.
Proper condom use will reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections as well as diseases like Zika, and Ebola and pregnancy.
After seeing the CDC's tweet, people were - understandably - troubled and concerned for their fellow man.
Apparently, it needs to be said: Don't wash or reuse condoms.
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"Incorrect use, such as reusing a condom or using more than one at a time, diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to condom breakage, slippage, or leakage", she told BuzzFeed News. The washed condom with its weakened latex may be more likely to tear say experts.
"We say it because people do it, " the CDC message reads, adding "use a fresh one for each sex act".
However, after reports that people were misusing condoms by washing and reusing them, the CDC wanted to remind the public that condoms are a one-and-done kind of device. However, they are designed for single use only. 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. "Be sure and check the expiration date before using them!"