Scabies parasitic mites like to live just below the surface of your skin in warm zones. Common areas would be the breasts, penis, buttocks, and between the fingers.

How would I get it?

  • Spread through intimate sexual and non-sexual contact with an infected partner
  • Mites can also live in bedding, towels and clothing for 3 days

What symptoms could I have if I have Scabies? 

  • Red rash
  • Intense night-time itching
  • Lesions on the hands, wrists, armpits, waist, nipples, around the belly button, and in the male genitalia

How do I get tested?

  • Although skin scraping of the burrows and a Burrow Ink Test (BIT) can be helpful, most times the diagnosis is made by examination of the affected sites

What if I test positive?

  • Medicated creams or shampoos are required for treatment

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