Pubic lice: an endangered species?

Prolific pubic hair is on the way out, and so too it seems is the extremely irritating Phthirus pubis.

Thanks to the current cosmetic preference for depilation it is estimated that 70% to 80% of adults now remove their pubic hair in part or entirely. Evidence suggests this widespread trend may well turn these egg-laying, blood sucking lice into an endangered species.

Cause for celebration perhaps, but researchers writing in Sexually Transmitted Diseases warn that a changing atypical pattern of pubic lice infestations may result, as they try to