Beware, Pubic Hair Shaving Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk

Beware, Pubic Hair Shaving Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk
Grooming pubic hair you can increase your chances of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a new study from the University of California in San Francisco show.

Researchers surveyed almost 14,000 men and women about how often they cut or shaved pubic hair.

As a result, 80 percent of those who frequent shaving pubic hair, more likely to acquire sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, as well as public lice, than those who did not trim her pubic hair.

Volunteers who do it every day to once a week was reported as the most vulnerable. Their risk of sexual infection up to three times more than those who only occasionally shave pubic hair.

Researchers found that volunteers who are the most "extreme" who shaved her pubic hair as many as 11 times a year, has a four-fold risk of having a sexually transmitted disease.

Researchers also suspect, they are often a grooming body area the bottom, is the most frequent sexual activity.

"It is possible that cause their vulnerability," said study leader Benjamin Breyer, M.D. from San Francisco General Hospital.

There is also the possibility that the activities of their beards, causing a small open wound that is not realized. From this wound bacteria and viruses into the body.

An advisory board member of Men's Health, Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., said the theory of a minor injury, is reasonable. But, may only be associated with some kind of infection, because not all types are sexually transmitted infections.

To reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections, whether you like to shave pubic hair or not, the use of condoms is advised. Especially if you belong to the unsafe sexual behavior.

Use a condom when having sex with a new partner and still use a condom a few months after that, until you are sure your spouse is not a risk of spreading sexually transmitted infections.

Make STI testing at least once a year to the doctor or hospital. Be sure to get a full panel of tests, not just a test for one or two types of the most common infections, Herbenick added.
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