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
- STD Facts:
Pubic Lice and Scabies
MDH overview of pubic lice: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention. (Download PDF versions below, formatted for print)
- STD Facts: Pubic Lice and Scabies (English) (PDF)
- STD Facts: Pubic Lice and Scabies (Spanish) (PDF)
- STD Facts: Pubic Lice and Scabies (Amharic) (PDF)
- STD Facts: Pubic Lice and Scabies (Oromo) (PDF)
Facts: Pubic Lice and Scabies (Somali)
- Programs to Prevent
and Reduce the Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases:
Minnesota Statute § 121A.23 for STD/HIV Education in Schools
Statute requiring HIV and STD education to be provided in the classroom within Minnesota’s school districts.
- For Persons
Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted - Information You Should Know About
For those who may have been sexually assaulted, this brochure provides guidelines on being tested for HIV and other STDs. The brochure may be downloaded for duplication purposes.
Pubic Lice/Crabs in the News
- National STD Awareness
Tip sheets on how to plan activities for National STD Awareness Month developed by the MDH.
- Information To
Live By: Crabs (ASHA)
American Social Health Association overview of pubic lice/crabs: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention.
- STD Treatment
CDC’s latest treatment guidelines for STDs.
- 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)
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