Brazilian Bikini Waxes Aid the Decline of Pubic Lice

January 14, 2013

Science

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It appears that college students, and the general public, have one less sexually transmitted health issue to worry about. A Bloomberg news article is reporting that pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwell in the human groin area, is on the decline. Scientists have noted that the recent trend in pubic hair removal, such as Brazilian bikini waxing, may play a major role in this decline.

Citing surveys and research by other scholars, scientists at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, reported in a 2011 study that a majority of college men and women in the U.S. and Australia remove all or part of their pubic hair. Other research from the U.K. shows that 99 percent of women older than 16 years remove some hair from the under arms, legs and pubic area. And Sydney Australia’s main sexual health clinic hasn’t seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008 and male cases have fallen 80 percent from about 100 a decade ago.

To read the full article, go to Bloomberg News.

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Pubic Louse (Phthirus pubis). Photographer: David Scharf/Science Faction/Getty Images

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2 Responses to “Brazilian Bikini Waxes Aid the Decline of Pubic Lice”

  1. Pete Says:

    Thanks for the article. I’ll be traveling next week to Rio and I’ll keep a keen eye on the groin of my partners. Only totally bald girls admitted.

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  2. Dame Streeter Says:

    great post

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