Other infections: pubic lice

There are other (vaginal) infections that cannot simply be classified as an STD, because they are not solely transmitted through sexual contact.  Complaints may also develop due to an imbalance in the natural vaginal flora. 

Other infections are caused by parasites that may be transmitted through close physical contact with an infected person or object

Pubic lice

Pubic lice

What are pubic lice?

Pubic lice are little, yellow-white parasites, about 3 mm long.  They live on the skin in places with a lot of hair and where it is warm and moist. 

For this reason, they are mostly found in pubic hair and the intergluteal cleft (butt crack).  They can also occur in underarm hair, chest hair, a hairy belly button or on the inside of thighs.

How is it transmitted?

Pubic lice cannot jump but close contact can enable the public lice to crawl from one partner to the other.  The lice lay eggs (nits) which stick to hairs, but can also be present in the surroundings (bed, clothes). 

Therefore, one can also get pubic lice by lying close to someone, by wearing someone’s clothes or using someone’s towel.


Pubic lice live of blood and their bites cause itching. Irritation and scratching may cause the skin to become red and inflamed. 

They also leave red-brown faeces behind, which can sometimes be seen on the skin or in underwear.


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