More and more women are opting to get a plastic surgery operation to add to their beauty regimen, but a new study finds they’re actually putting themselves at risk of contracting infections.
In the study, published online Tuesday in the journal JAMA Dermatology, researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2010 and 2014, and found that the vast majority of women undergoing plastic surgery reported being either infected with HPV or had some form of genital herpes.
The most common infections were genital herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and genital herpes genital (HSGV-2).
The researchers also found that almost three-quarters of women reported having had a gynecological procedure in the previous year, and about one-quarter reported having genital warts.
“Women who have undergone a gynecomastia procedure may be at risk for contracting herpes simple and HSV-6,” said lead study author Rebecca R. Krumholz, an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“While HSV is usually associated with genital wards, genital wart infection may occur in the vagina as well, or possibly even within the vagina.”
The study found that more than half of all women who underwent a gynes-n-gust procedure reported that their symptoms worsened after the procedure, while only about one third of women who had genital wands reported such a worsening.
“This finding highlights the importance of women not only getting cosmetic procedures, but also providing information to health care providers and their patients about their healthcare needs,” said co-author Jennifer L. Krawczyk, an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“It is important for women who have genital warn to be aware of their risk for HPV infection, and that they be offered a comprehensive, ongoing evaluation of their health status,” Krawczk said.
In 2016, the CDC released its first annual survey of sexually transmitted infections, and the number of new infections in the U.S. had grown by about 60 percent in the past two years.
The latest CDC figures suggest that there are about 12.3 million new infections each year, more than the 10.7 million infections in 2014.