CDC: "Stop washing and reusing condoms"

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But the Center for Disease Control (CDC) took the unprecedented step to warn about the dangers of reusing one particular item: condoms.

"We say it because people do it: Don't wash or reuse ! Use a fresh one for each  act," The CDC tweeted in July. 

Condoms are designed to help protect you and your sexual partner from spreading sexually transmitted diseases, like syphilis or chlamydia, as well as unwanted pregnancy. 

The effectiveness of condoms, however, is eliminated after the first use.

"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," Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC's Division of STD Prevention, told Buzzfeed.

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