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CDC: 'Don't wash or reuse condoms'

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By CHRIS WHITE, WSYX/WTTE

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an important reminder to its social media followers last week.

The center's Twitter account geared toward preventing STDs said, "Don't wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act."

The reasoning for the stark message?

"We say it because people do it," said the CDC.

In the link attached to the tweet, the center provided information on how to use condoms and why they are effective.

"Correctly using male condoms and other barriers like female condoms and dental dams, every time, can reduce (though not eliminate) the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis," said the CDC.

Condoms can be bought at pharmacies and supermarkets, and are often available for free at local health departments.

<b>More information on safe sex practices can be found on the CDC's website here.</b>

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