I know this is a pretty nauseating topic, but wouldn't you agree that it's better to talk about something gross than to have something gross? If so, listen up, because public lice, also known as crabs, affects more than 6,500 people a year. The best way to prevent yourself from being one of those people is to know the facts.
The most common way pubic lice can get passed is through sexual contact, but it's not the only way. Even though these creatures feed on human blood and need a host to live off of, they can also survive up to 48 hours off a human. That means they can be lurking on someone's sheets or clothes, so even if you don't end up going all the way, any close contact with something the infected person has touched can infect you as well.
What are the symptoms of crabs and how can you get rid of them? To find out
Pubic lice makes your lady business itch like mad, and if you take a close look, you may see red marks where the little buggers have bitten. You may also see nits (eggs) on your hair, which look like whitish dots. To add insult to injury, there may be little tan or grayish bugs in your pubic area or on other coarse hair such as your eyelashes or eyebrows.
To get rid of crabs, you must wash the infected area with some pretty strong lice-killing shampoo called pediculicide (found at most drug stores). This will kill the bugs, but the nits will need to be removed one by one. Treatment may need to be repeated in seven to ten days, and in the meantime, you need to wash all the bedding and clothing you've touched during the three days before you started treatment. This is not something you want to deal with, so before getting intimate with someone, make sure he's clean and infection-free.