Some things seem like common sense or at least something a quick Google search or instruction manual will explain easily and efficiently. And yet, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, still needs to offer warning to protect uneducated Americans.

For example, the CDC issued a warning to all sexually active Americans, saying that they should stop washing and reusing condoms. While most of us could barely imagine why such a warning was necessary in the first place, the center obviously thought it was required.

In a tweet linking condom and STD facts and statistics, the CDC wrote: “We say it because people do it. Don’t wash or reuse condoms. Use a fresh one for each sex act.” However unbelievable this idea is, apparently enough people do it to warrant an official CDC warning.

CDC Warns About Condom Reuse

In response to the CDC’s Twitter warning, people showed amusement that it was not obvious to some users that a condom should never be washed and reused at a later time.

When used properly, condoms can be highly effective in preventing pregnancy and protecting against a number of sexually transmitted diseases, including the human immunodeficiency virus, or commonly known as HIV.

It should come as no surprise that a common sense warning such as this one became necessary considering fewer than half of United States high schools met the CDC requirements for sexual education in 2015.

According to a 2017 CDC health report, only one out of every three Americans use condoms and many of them might be using them incorrectly.

Back in 2012, a study published in the journal Sexual Health looked at the use of condoms. After finding out that 1.4 to 3.3 percent of responses had reused a condom at least twice during a sexual encounter, co-author and University of Kentucky professor Richard Crosby, said that researchers “chronically underestimated how complicated condom use can be.”

The act of washing and reusing male condoms results in the weakening of the latex.

This can easily lead to rips and tears in the condom that increase the risk of pregnancy and STDs, which defeats the entire purpose of the using a condom in the first place.

STD Threats Increase with Improper Condom Usage

A number of STD and STI cases in America are on the rise. According to the CDC, more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2016.

This rise in disease is making condom use more important than ever before. According to the CDC, for condom use to be at all effective, a new condom should be used for every act of vaginal, anal and oral sex throughout the entire sex act, from start to finish.

Sexually active Americans are advised to refrain from keeping condoms in wallets, to remain aware of the condom expiration dates and to never use more than one condom at a single time.


If you are an adult who is currently or plans to be sexually active, always practice safe sex and make sure you understand how to properly use a condom. STDs are a real risk and so is pregnancy. Be sure that you understand the difference between protected and unprotected sex before you engage in the act.