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Pubic Lice

Also known as crabs, pubic lice are small insects/bugs. People may know them as head lice – only they live in your public hair around your genitals.

How do I know if I’ve got them?

Wherever they are you’ll feel really itchy and there might be black powder in underwear, brown eggs, and sometimes can be seen on the skin.

How do you get it?

Pubic lice are spread through unprotected sex and intimate contact, (sharing bedding and towels etc.)

Can I get rid of it?

Yes, you can get special shampoo or lotion from chemists that will treat pubic lice. Otherwise, visit your doctor.


Rashes, sores, burning, smelling, itching and generally feeling unwell are some symptoms that you may have an STI. BUT most people don’t have any signs or symptoms that they have an STI so always get checked!

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