Condoms shouldn't be washed or reused, according to CDC

2012 shows female and male condoms and instruction pamphlets

2012 shows female and male condoms and instruction pamphlets

Condoms are created to help protect you and your partner against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

This wonderful piece of advice comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tweeted the directive last week. "Be sure and check the expiration date before using them!"

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

Washing a condom can cause breakage or leakage. "Use a fresh one for each #sex act", the July 23 tweet said. They can also provide protection against other diseases that may be transmitted through sex like Zika and Ebola.

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"Soap and water won't kill all of the tiny microorganisms on or inside the condom, and it can only make the latex more prone to tear", she said.

Putting a wet, unrolled condom back on would also be a Herculean task.

So, in case you were wondering if it was OK, now you know that it is not.

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