JE3 16(1)

New Research on Pubic Hair Grooming and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

Last week, a new study on the association between pubic hair grooming and sexually transmitted infections (STI) was published in the journal Sexual Transmitted Infections. Because I’ve published research related to pubic hair removal, several journalists contacted me to weigh in on the study and contextualize it for their publications, which I was happy to do. However, the widespread interest in the study – not to mention the complexities of researching this aspect of interacting with one’s own genitals – suggested to me that it would also be a useful topic for Kinsey Confidential, and so here we are. The new study is titled “Correlation between pubic hair grooming and STIs: results from a nationally representative probability sample” and it was conducted by researchers from the University of California – San Francisco, the University of Texas, and Washington University. Its methods of data collection are sound; their probability sample was obtained through working with GfK’s KnowledgePanel, which (in full disclosure) my research team and I have worked with several times, with GfK being one of the few companies to offer web-based US nationally representative probability samples.