Fact Check: Condoms Are NOT Marketed For Repeated Use

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  • by: Ed Payne

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: Condoms Are NOT Marketed For Repeated Use You Got Ribbed

Are condoms marketed for repeated use? No, that's not true: Condom makers are not manufacturing or recycling their products to be used more than once. The social media posts appear to be satirical. One entry suggests Durex brand prophylactics are reversible so they can be used twice. Another post offers "pre-used" Trojan condoms that have been "triple-washed & sanitized."

One claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on January 2, 2022. The image says:

Like 2 condoms in one!

durex

Reversible

Two sided condoms for repeat wear

3 doubled-sided condoms

HUH?!

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on January 6, 2022:

Screenshot 2022-01-06 114450.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jan 6 16:43:34 2022 UTC)

A satirical website called News Spoilers ("Pre-news for a post-truth era") took the Durex meme a step further, writing an article (archived here) on January 15, 2020, with the title "LEAKED: Durex to launch reversible condom to circumvent single-use plastic law."

In a January 7, 2022, email to Lead Stories, Reckitt, the parent company of Durex, said consumer safety is their top priority:

We are aware of fabricated imagery and false reports stating that Durex has created a reversible condom. Durex condoms are designed to be used once and disposed of - incorrect use diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to breakage, slippage or leakage.

A second claim appeared in a Twitter post (archived here) on February 14, 2020, under the title "Something special for tonight 😍" The image shows a box that says:

TROJAN CONDOMS

PRE-OWNED

TRIPLE-WASHED & SANITIZED

JUST LIKE NEW!

RE-LUBRICATED

3 PRE-USED UPCYCLED CONDOMS

(Source: Twitter on Thu Jan 6 18:26:02 2022 UTC)

The faux Trojan product is a digitally manipulated image posted to the account of Adam Padilla, who goes by adam.the.creator on Twitter. His profile includes the line "I meme therefore I am." A quick check of his posts shows a long string of satirical images, including one for another fake Trojan product:

Lead Stories checked the Trojan Brands website to see if it was selling "pre-owned" condoms but found no such listing. A Google reverse image search shows both fake images (Trojan and Durex) were widely shared on social media.

Lead Stories also reached out to Trojan for comment and will update this story if they respond.

Updates:

  • 2022-01-07T19:24:38Z 2022-01-07T19:24:38Z
    Adds quote from Durex.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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