Pubic Lice

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Pubic Lice

What are Pubic lice?


Pubic lice, also known as crabs, are tiny insects (about 2mm long) that live in body hair.


How do you get it?

  • They  spread through close bodily contact with an infected person.
  • They need human blood to survive, so will only leave the body to move from one person to another.
  • The most common way pubic lice are spread is through sexual contact. Using condoms and other methods of barrier contraception doesn't protect you against pubic lice.


Where can I get diagnosed?

  • Make an appointment with your GP or contact Grampian Sexual Health Services - call 0345 337 9900. One can also get advice and treatment from a local pharmacy.


For more information visit NHS inform