Istock Images Researchers say certain STI’s have risen as the popularity of Brazilian waxing has taken hold.

A recent study published in sexually transmitted infections found that Brazilian waxing and other types of pubic hair removal, including shaving, was a possible link to an increased risk of a viral infection called molluscum contagiosum.

Molluscum contagiosum is a poxvirus that can be passed on through sex, but it is also easily spread by self-infection, such as scratching.

Researchers say the risk seems higher with shaving than waxing and that other STIs, such as genital warts, could be more frequent with genital hair removal.

Over the past decade, researchers noted that the number of sexually transmitted cases molluscum contagiosum had risen, just as the popularity of pubic hair removal had also increased.

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