August 7th, 2018 – As students head back to school, we’re hoping that any Sex-Ed class they might take won’t tell them to wash their condoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people have, in fact, been following some very ill-advised safe sex pointers.
The CDC STD Twitter account felt the need to set the record on remixing rubbers. But they did so in a more professional manner.
The linked article includes fact sheets on condom effectiveness, how to use condoms and other contraceptives, and additional resources for STD prevention.
“There’s no way you can confirm the integrity of the condom for protection against pregnancy once it has been used, removed, washed, and replaced,” Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a board-certified OB-GYN, told BuzzFeed News. “Now you have to get this flimsy thing — that’s washed and not lubricated — on the penis … it’s not impossible but very challenging.”
“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 with the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, added.
If you’re looking for feedback from someone other than a doctor, look no further than Twitter. Users were more than happy to share their thoughts on people washing condoms, and we’re happy to present you with the best of the best.
Well, what the hell am I supposed to with all these condoms in the dishwasher now?