Does molluscum contagiosum have a racial or sexual predilection?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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During a US longitudinal study performed from 1977-1981, 2-4 times as many cases were found in whites than in persons of other races. [11] Whether the noted difference was secondary to differences in access to medical care, other socioeconomic factors, or genetic predisposition is unclear. [12]

Several studies have shown that males are affected by molluscum contagiosum more commonly than are females. Data from STD clinics in England and Wales revealed that more than twice as many men as women were diagnosed with the infection.

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