Some things would seem to be self-evident. But that isn't always the case, judging by the warning recently put out by the Centers for Disease Control that condoms should not be reused. And not surprisingly the Twitter post garnered a lot of attention.
This all came to light when on July 23 the CDC posted on its @CDCSTD Twitter account the following message: "We say it because people do it: Don't wash or reuse #condoms. Use a fresh one for each #sex act."
The Tweet included a link to the CDC's page on its website dedicated to Condom Effectiveness.
The page has a whole host of useful information, including links to pages on the right way to use either male or female condoms (and yes, the directions to not re-use either form of contraception is included in these pages). There also are links to fact sheets on condoms and sexually transmitted diseases, along with additional resources for consumers and public health professionals..
Of course, the Tweet itself had a long-running thread that included a whole host of replies and memes. Some were funny. Many were disgusting. And a number of people simply were posting in disbelief that this warning was even needed.
And the CDC's Tweet garnered a fair share of media attention, with stories posted on such websites as Forbes, USA Today, Huffington Post, Newsweek and Buzz Feed.
The article in Forbes started: "A condom is not a complex piece of machinery. It is also not underwear." The story said that a review of four studies found that from 1.4 to 3.3 percent of people admitted to re-using the same condom, noting that those were just the ones who admitted it.
"Re-using or washing a condom is like re-using or washing toilet paper," the author wrote. "A condom is designed to be used exactly once. Not twice. Not 1.5 times. Not 0.75 times, meaning that if you remove a condom at any time during sex, you are putting you and our partner at risk."