Lawmakers in New Jersey considered to ban Brazilian bikini waxes after two women claimed they had contracted infections from the procedure. The measure was eventually voted down but the fact remains. According to Carol Livoti, M.D., a gynecologist in New York City and a Shape advisory board member, you can contract a sexually transmitted disease during a bikini wax. Bacteria and viruses, such as herpes, can be spread from one client to another through contaminated tweezers, scissors or surfaces. Reusing one spatula (double dipping) on multiple clients, may also put you at risk, as it may spread any microorganisms from previous clients that got in the wax. To protect yourself, seek out a salon that's staffed with a licensed aesthetician and has strict sanitary policies, including using hospital-grade disinfectant on any tools that will be reused.