Pubic Lice/Crabs/Pediculus Pubis

Pubic lice, or crabs, is an infestation of parasites that attach themselves to the pubic hair and other coarse hair on the body. The medical term for the infestation is called Pediculus Pubis and the parasite is called Pthirus pubis. Although pubic lice (crabs) come from the same family of parasites as head and body lice, they are not the same thing. Pubic lice can be cured with medicated shampoos and creams.

For more information on symptoms of pubic lice, how it is spread, how it is treated, and how it can be prevented, see below:

Pubic Lice/Crabs Basics

Pubic Lice/Crabs in the News

Getting Tested for STDs

External Links

  • Information To Live By: Crabs
    American Social Health Association overview of pubic lice/crabs: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • STD Treatment Guidelines
    CDC’s latest treatment guidelines for STDs. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Minnesota Family Planning and STD Hotline
    Toll-free hotline for confidential information about the prevention, testing locations and treatment of STDs in Minnesota. (1-800-78-FACTS) Attention: Non-MDH link

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Updated Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:20AM