Stop washing and reusing your condoms, says US government
The US government wants you to know that washing and reusing your condoms is gross and wrong, as well as unhealthy.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of STD Prevention has tweeted an apparently timely reminder regarding the public’s condom use: make it a one-and-done.
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.
The CDC’s tweet reads: “We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act.”
— CDC STD (@CDCSTD) July 23, 2018
Of course, the most horrifying part of this is the revelation that people do, indeed, wash out the various fluids which get stuck inside and outside a condom during sex – before doing it all over again with the same condom.
People who do this should know that they are putting themselves and their partner more at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, and – if it’s possible in your partnership – pregnancy is also much more likely.
This is because it’s more likely to slip off or tear the second time around – and no-one wants that.
After seeing the CDC’s tweet, people were – understandably – troubled and concerned for their fellow man.
One wrote: “People do that???”
People do that??? pic.twitter.com/4hsBBoW1vE
— Cecil (@transyurochka) July 24, 2018
Another commenter tried to imagine the conversation before the couple gets down to business, writing: “Hold on babe, let me just grab one off the clothes line…”
The reaction GIF was absolutely spot-on.
— mille (@sweetcamiIIe) July 26, 2018
“People really out here reusing condoms?!” said one shocked tweeter.
People really out here reusing condoms?! pic.twitter.com/VQ7NZ1ZG9y
— sabra ♡ (@curlygalsay) July 25, 2018
And another wrote, hopefully with their tongue firmly in their cheek: “Well, what the hell am I supposed to with all these condoms in the dishwasher now?”
Well, what the hell am I supposed to with all these condoms in the dishwasher now?
— What a Stupid Time to be Alive (@mrd125) July 25, 2018
“I’m just upset that this is something that people needed to be told,” another person tweeted, which, I mean – same.
I’m just upset that this is something that people needed to be told.
— champale mami ✨ (@smoochitworse) July 24, 2018
A study published earlier this year showed that a significant number of straight men have gay sex, with an analysis of 24,000 undergraduates revealing that of the men whose last hookup was with a male partner, one in eight defined as heterosexual.
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