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Infection risk from bikini line waxing

19th March 2013

Researchers have warned that people who have their bikini lines waxed or shaved are at a higher risk of getting an infection.

Bacteria

A team told the British Medical Journal that they studied 30 people who had a poxvirus known as molluscum contagiosum, who were receiving treatment at a French clinic. The researchers said 24 of the 30 people they looked at were men, as pubic hair removal in men was becoming more widespread. The infection causes raised red spots or lesions and is very contagious. It can be spread by touching the skin of someone with the infection or sharing a towel. 

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