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Sex Transm Infect doi:10.1136/sextrans-2012-050982
  • Miscellaneous
  • Letter

Pubic hair removal: a risk factor for ‘minor’ STI such as molluscum contagiosum?

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  1. Dominique Dubois1
  1. 1Office of dermatology, 20 avenue Malausséna, Nice 06000, Alpes Maritimes, France
  2. 2Department of Dermatology, Archet Hospital, Nice, Alpes Maritimes, France
  3. 3Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr François Desruelles, Department of Dermatology, 20 Avenue Malausséna, Nice, Alpes Maritimes 06000, France; desruelles.f{at}wanadoo.fr
  • Received 21 December 2012
  • Revised 10 January 2013
  • Accepted 15 January 2013
  • Published Online First 19 March 2013

Before emerging as a fashion phenomenon, removal of pubic hair was primarily done for cultural and religious reasons (eg, this is, with circumcision, one of the items of the fitra in the Muslim religion).

Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) is a poxvirus and includes two strains: MCV1 and MCV2. MCV is generally observed in children and immunocompromised patients, and sometimes sexually transmitted. There has been an increasing incidence of sexually transmitted MCV (STMC) in the last decade.1 However, there is no proven predominance of …

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