Reuse and washing of condoms not advised: Northern Health

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She says while this is not a common issue, re-using a condom can have negative impacts on you and your partner.

Condoms are used widely as it can help in preventing unwanted pregnancies and protecting against sexually transmitted infections (STI) when condoms are used in a good manner.

The agency's advice is to "use a fresh one for each sex act", with a link in the tweet directing users to a CDC page on condom effectiveness and how to correctly use the contraception.

So why can't you reuse condoms, as if they were no different than the cocoon of plastic grocery bags you keep hanging on the inside of a random kitchen cabinet? If people do find that cost is a barrier for them to accessing condoms please reach out to our community sites or primary care clinics.

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

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The post has since gone viral, with more than 1,000 retweets and 1,600 likes.

However, after reports that people were misusing condoms by washing and reusing them, the CDC wanted to remind the public that condoms are a one-and-done kind of device.

The reaction GIF was absolutely spot-on.

Apparently, it needs to be said: Don't wash or reuse condoms.

And another wrote, hopefully with their tongue firmly in their cheek: "Well, what the hell am I supposed to with all these condoms in the dishwasher now?"