More commonly known as ‘crabs’, pubic lice are tiny insects that live in body hair.
Pubic lice are not linked to poor personal hygiene; they are spread through close body contact with someone who has them. They cannot jump or fly, but they crawl from hair to hair. They do not live on animals. They are most commonly passed on through sexual contact, and condoms will not prevent them being passed from one person to another. It is also possible for lice to spread through sharing clothes, towels and bedding.
The most common symptom of pubic lice is itchy, red spots. You may also notice dark brown/black powder on your skin or in your underwear. Blue spots may also appear on your skin where the lice have been living, this is caused by bites from the lice.
There is no test available for lice. You may see the movement of lice and a Doctor/Nurse will examine you for any signs of them.
Treatment for pubic lice is done with insecticidal cream or lotion.