Pubic lice has so many names and can affect many different parts of the body – basically anywhere that has hair, like your armpit hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, beard and even your chest hair.
You might have heard of the other names for pubic lice, crabs, and no we’re not talking about the kind you see on the beach.
Crabs, or pediculosis pubis, are parasites that are small and flat in shape and light brown in colour.
You need to know about this STI as they can be spread from direct skin-to-skin contact and even from towels and bed sheets if someone has them.
Clinging to pubic hair (and other hair on your body), these parasites won’t cause you serious harm, but they will suck your blood for nourishment and they can be irritating as they cause small red sores that can be really itchy.
If you have an itch that you’re unsure of, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out by your doctor – why not get a full sexual health check up while you’re there if you’re sexually active.
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