Central New York, Health

CDC Alerts Public about Unsafe Practice

The CDC sent out a tweet reminding folks that condoms are for one time use only. © 2012 AP. Photo by Ann Heisenfelt

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By Erron Franklin SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about best practices when using prophylactics.

A tweet from the CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Twitter account read: “We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse condoms! Use a fresh one for each sex act.”

The tweet sparked some interesting responses from other Twitter users. They ranged from shock to comedy. Some healthcare agencies used the opportunity to share the locations of places where condoms can be picked up for free.

Syracuse resident Ameer Ellis was surprised that the CDC actually had to warn folks about the unsafe practice.

“I wasn’t aware that this was even a common practice, let alone something the CDC felt necessary to warn people not to do,” he said.

A 2012 study shows that nearly one and a half to three percent of people actually admitted to reusing a condom for sexual intercourse.

Specific statistics for Onondaga County aren’t available; however, in the midst of this warning lies an already high rate of sexually transmitted diseases.

Onondaga County has some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the State of New York.

Studies show that the area is more susceptible to STD’s because of high poverty rates and the number of college students in the city of Syracuse.

The New York Department of Health has a condom program. The purpose of the program is to “increase the availability of condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV and many other sexually transmitted diseases,” according to the Health Department’s website.