Your Health: 3-19-13 Pubic hair removal and your health

Health experts say removing pubic hair could raise your risk for a skin virus or infection.

The study by French researchers indicates shaving, clipping and waxing the genital area may increase the risk of skin virus.

They suggest this may explain the recent increase among healthy adults of a minor sexually transmitted virus called molluscum contagiosum.

The molluscum contagiosum rash is usually seen in children or people with impaired immune systems, but it is also sexually transmitted.

The lead researcher says the practice may also increase the risk for developing genital warts due to infection with the human papillomavirus.

The research is published online in the journal, Sexually Transmitted Infections.