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Dr. Graf on – “Could A Brazilian Wax Be An STD Risk?”

Beauty and dermatology news outlets were on fire yesterday over a letter published in Sexually Transmitted Infections of British Medical Journal theorizing that the increase in Molluscum contagiosum may be due more people shaving or waxing their genital region.


Molluscum contagiosum bumps. They typically go away untreated within 6 weeks to 3 months. interviewed Dr. Graf for the story “Could A Brazilian Wax Be An STD Risk?” for the real science behind M. contagiosum. In short, discount cialis thumb it’s a relatively benign double stranded DNA virus that’s a member of the poxvirus family. Most double stranded DNA viruses carry out their infectious cycle in the host cell’s nucleus as they require the host cell’s DNA transcription mechanism to replicate. Poxviruses, viagra on the other hand, encode their own transcription proteins and carry out replication in the host’s cytoplasm. Thus while M. contagiosum is contagious, it is self-limiting and clears up by itself for most healthy people.

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As the story notes, the study only looked at a limited number of patients. “Also, there is no cause-and-effect here—it’s simply an association between those who had waxed and those who had the virus,” meaning before actual conclusions are drawn, these researchers should gather more data to conduct a more thorough study.

If you are still concerned, also note that most of the participants in the study shaved rather than wax. As the media likes to play up the scariness of Brazilian waxes, as long as the spa or salon follow proper hygienic guidelines, there’s no need to cancel your next appointment.



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  • Thanks for looking into brazilian waxes a little deeper to find out if there really is a link between STDs and waxing. I think there are many misconceptions when it comes to waxing, and studies like these don’t really help the situation. Thanks for the tips Dr. Graf!

    Reply May 2, 2013, 10:35 pm Mia
    • We always want to get to the bottom of any studies, especially ones with sensationalized headlines. Glad you like our tips!

      Reply May 17, 2013, 9:26 pm askdrgraf
  • Thank you! this is a great advice what can happen while waxing. What about laser? It is much safer right?

    Reply August 27, 2013, 7:12 pm Frante Camar

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