Bikini waxing raises infection risk

Removing pubic hair, it seems, may be associated with an increased risk of catching skin diseases spread through sex, according to new research from Nice, France.  Doctors perceive that small nicks and cuts incurred during hair removal could open the door to infection, and shaving could be spreading the disease from one area to another.

A private clinic decided to investigate if there was any connection between skin infections and removal of pubic hair.  In a study of 30 adults with the skin infection molluscum contagiosm, 93 percent had removed pubic hair.  The majority of those in the study (70 percent) had shaved hair off, 13 percent clipped and 10 percent waxed.  One-third of the 30 patients also had at least one other skin condition, such as warts or bacterial infection.

Though the study was small and did not involve any people who were not infected, the results indicate that there could be a link between pubic hair removal and transmission of infection.  Though the study requires further investigation, it appears that pubic hair removal was not necessarily to blame, but rather the methods were; laser hair removal did not correlate with skin infection, as the process does not abrade the skin, for example.

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Sourced from: Live Science, Could Brazilian Waxing Increase STD Risk?