Are You Still Washing Condoms? Get Ready for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Syphilis
ATLANTA, GA – August 2, 2018
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning to sexually-active Americans to stop washing and reusing condoms — because, unbelievably, “people do it.”
It sounds unexpected and strange, doesn’t it? Are there still people who do not know how to use a condom?
It looks like there are some. Research has found as many as three per cent of people have tried to reuse condoms. That’s why in a tweet linking to condom and STD facts and statistics, the health agency wrote: “We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse condoms”.
According to a health report published by the CDC in 2017, only one-third of Americans use condoms — and many may be doing so incorrectly.
MailOnline reports the most common mistakes people make when using a condom are putting it on too late (as many as 50% of respondents) or whipping it off too soon (up to 44.7%).
Condoms stretch back (don’t stretch them) to 11,000 B.C. in France. The first known depiction of people using a condom was found in a French cave drawing.
ICYMI, people use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV and viral hepatitis and prevent unwanted pregnancy. If used properly, that is.
Reusing male condoms results in weakened latex, which can lead to rips or tears that increase the risk of pregnancy and STDs.
The tweet comes amid what the CDC has dubbed an STI epidemic as latest figures show more than 2 million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis were reported in 2016. That amounts to the highest number since records began.
Most new diagnoses were of chlamydia, at 1.6 million, followed by 470,000 gonorrhea and 28,000 of the most infections forms of syphilis (primary and secondary.) As the number of STD and STI cases in America continues to rise correct condom-use is more important than ever.