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Bikini Waxing Credited With Decline in Pubic Lice
Previously common condition now increasingly rare.
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TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) —The rising popularity of bikini waxing may be the reason why the number of people with pubic lice is declining, according to experts.
Bikini waxing — which involves clipping, waxing and shaving the groin area — destroys the most favorable habitat of pubic lice,Bloomberg Newsreported.
More than 80 percent of U.S. college students remove all or some of their pubic hair, a trend that's increasing in western nations. The main sexual health clinic in Sydney, Australia hasn't treated a woman with public lice since 2008, and male cases have fallen about 80 percent in the last decade.
"It used to be extremely common; it's now rarely seen," said Basil Donovan, head of sexual health at the University of New South Wales's Kirby Institute and a doctor at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre,Bloombergreported. "Without doubt, it's better grooming."
Pubic lice are typically treated with topical insecticides.
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