Pubic Lice

Lice are insects, sometimes called “crabs”  that feed on human blood. The lice will nest in hair on the body, including pubic hair. They will lay small eggs (nits) which hatch.

How would I get it?

  • Spread through intimate sexual and non-sexual contact with an infected partner
  • Lice can also live in bedding, towels and clothing for 1 to 2 days

How will I know I have it?

  • Skin irritation, swelling, itchiness and redness
  • Lice may be visible in your pubic hair or surrounding skin
  • Lice feces (small black sand-like particles)
  • Small blue spots on the skin where the lice have bitten

How do I get tested?

  • A diagnosis can often be made by examination

What if I test positive?

  • Medicated creams or shampoos are required for treatment

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