What is Pubic Lice?
Pubic Lice are tiny parasitic insects that live in coarse human body hair, such as pubic hair.
How do I know I’ve got it?
- You may be itchy in your genital region
- You may see the small yellow/grey lice, and/or the white eggs on the hair
- There may be spots of blood on your underwear
- How do you get it?
- Usually from close body contact with someone who has pubic lice.
Where can I get diagnosed?
You can attend the Sexual Health Clinic or go to your GP.
What is the treatment?
- A lotion is used on all body hair including beard, moustache
- Follow the directions given regarding the time to keep it on
- Repeat the treatment at 3-7days
- You will be advised how to treat eyelashes/ eyebrows
- Wash all clothes, towels and bedlinen at 50c
- Avoid close contact with others until you have been treated
- The itch often stays for a while after treatment has been given
- Sexual partners
It is important that your sexual partner(s) are treated.
What if I don’t get treated?
- The infection is unlikely to get better by itself. You may pass the infection on to other partners.
How do I avoid getting pubic lice/crabs again?
- The best way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
- Practicing safer sex will reduce your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. This means using a condom for oral, vaginal and anal sex.