Pubic Lice (Crabs)
Crabs are passed on through any type of skin to skin contact, including sexual contact. Crabs can also be passed on through sharing of bed linen, towels, and during close contact with family members, so are not strictly speaking a sexually transmitted disease. Crabs usually like to attach to pubic hair, but crabs can be found anywhere where there is hair. Once attached they burrow into the skin and feed on blood. The main symptom is itching in the affected area, which usually starts about a week after the contact.
- Medicated shampoo
- Wash all clothes bed linen at a very high temperature
- It can take some time for the itching to stop, this however doesn’t mean the infection is still present.
Scabies infection is also caused by a parasite, and again although it can be transmitted through sexual contact, it can also be transmitted through normal skin to skin contact. So therefore again, it is not strictly a sexually transmitted infection. It is highly infectious
- Intense, all over body itching, which typically starts 2- 6 weeks post contact.
- Itchy rash with inflamed spots, this is caused by an allergic reaction to the eggs
- Medicated Cream
- Wash all clothes and linen at very high temperature
- It is important to treat close contacts as well as it spreads easily in households.
I have over 14 years experience providing sexual health screening and I offer a completely confidential, professional, non judgemental service from start to end. If you are not sure if you have been at risk, then I offer a normal consultation to discuss the possible risks and whether screening would be appropriate. We discuss and agree all costs beforehand so you know exactly where you stand and I will always provide you with clear and accurate advice based on current British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH )guidelines.