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Shaving Pubic Hair Related to STIs: Study

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the rise, and now a study shows that people who regularly groom their pubic hair are 75 percent more likely to develop a sexually transmitted infection than non-groomers, according to the New York Daily News. The study, which looked at people ages 18 to 65, speculated that shaving may create micro tears in the skin, which more easily allow transmission of bacteria and viruses.

While the study also showed that shaving pubic hair might reduce the risk of acquiring lice, it coincides with one published a few years ago showing it may also increase your risk of molluscum contagiosum, a lesser known type of pox virus that causes firm, pearl-like bumps on the skin.

The main reasons people shave their public hair are for perceived cleanliness and feelings of attractiveness, so I doubt that fear of an STI will stop anyone from doing this, but the point is genital hair does serve a purpose.

If this is a grooming method you choose, remember that the best way to prevent the spread of STDs is to follow safe-sex practices, or wait to have sex until you're in a committed relationship. (To that end, it’s vitally important to be honest about your health status with your partner. If you have an STI, including others not mentioned in this study such as herpes or HIV, it’s crucial that you share that information with your partner.)

Then, keep your immune system in tip-top shape, and it will be better able to fight off any viruses that do come its way.
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