How can you get pubic lice?

It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs (sexually transmitted infections) there are four modes of transmission. They are…

  1. Blood
  2. Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal Fluids)
  3. Skin to Skin Contact
  4. Mother to Child (Breastmilk and Vaginal Birth)

Pubic Lice or Crabs is a parasitic STI that can be transmitted through skin to skin contact. When we refer to skin to skin contact, we are not talking about handshakes and high fives. We are referring to mucus membrane contact including mouth to genital contact or genital or genital contact. Most of the time, direct skin to skin contact would have to happen in order for Pubic Lice to spread.

In general, sexually transmitted infections are just that—sexually transmitted!

However, there are a couple of STIs that can spread non-sexually.  For instance, pubic lice be spread through wet towels, loofahs, bedsheets, and wet clothing. Pubic lice can live outside the body for up to 24 hours in locations that are warm, dark, and moist, which makes it easier for them to spread without sexual activity.  Additionally, according to the Center for Disease Control, 4% of all cases of Trichomononiasis are transmitted through hot tubs and wet towels.

If you have more questions about STIs, give us a call at Teen Clinic! 303-442-5160.