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Brazilian Waxes May Increase Risk of Viral Infection

Posted: March 25, 2013
Brazilian Waxes May Increase Risk of Viral Infection

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“You have sexual contact with someone who has it and it is easier to pick up the virus,” Brodell says. He recommends that people abstain from sex with someone who has an outbreak of MCV. If people suspect they have MCV or warts they should shave around the bumps, not through them, he adds. While grooming likely increases the spread of sexually transmitted MCV, it doesn’t mean we must go au naturel. Brodell notes there is nothing inherent about pubic hair that protects people from MCV or STIs. “The hair itself is not a defensive barrier.”

—By Meghan Holohan, NBCNEWS.com, March 18, 2013