Did you know that the average man living in the Unites States will have close to 30 sexual partners in his lifetime whereas a woman will have about 9 sexual partners? A survey released by National Center for Health Statistics, a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2007 collected confidential data from over 6,000 adults from the ages of 20 to 59 (1).
The results of the study made experts easily understand why sexually transmitted diseases may be on the rise. It is estimated that incidents of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) have more than doubled over the past 10 years.
Pediculosis (pubic lice/crabs) is just one type of STD that is on the rise. Unlike most other STD's pubic lice/crabs cannot be prevented by wearing a condom. There are others ways in which you can protect yourself from contracting this STD.
- Know Your Partner. Pubic lice/crabs are typically spread by direct skin-to-skin contact during intercourse. In order to be completely safe you should avoid having sexual contact with known infected people or unfamiliar partners. (2)
- Be Aware of Your Physical Surroundings. Public lice/crabs are not only contracted by person to person contact, they also can be contracted by touching or wearing infected clothing, towels, sheets, etc. If you are traveling and staying in a hotel it not a bad idea to take your own sheet or towels. Also, if you are ever in a situation where a public restroom does not look sanitary it may be in your best interest to find another one that is.
If you or your partner does become infected
- Wash Everything. It doesn't matter if has been used recently or not. You and those affected need to wash or dry clean all of your sheets, towels, and clothes so you do not pass it on to anyone else or re-infect yourself. Items can also be put in a sealed plastic bag for 30 day to kill the lice. (3)
- Inform People of The Situation. If your partner does not know already you have been infected you do need to let him or her know. Also, it may not be a bad idea to inform others that may have come into contact with your personal items, have slept in your bed, used towels in your house, or have worn your clothes. (3)
- Use Bleach to Clean. In addition to killing 99 percent of germs bleach also kills lice. Make sure you wipe down your bathroom and shower with bleach to prevent passing it on to other people and re-infesting yourself.
Pubic Lice/Crabs Treatment Options
Pubic Lice/Crabs is very easy to diagnose and pretty easy to treat. There are a couple different ways in which you can treat pubic lice/crabs. One way is to use either an over the counter or prescription strength medicine. This route is effective however; many have experience discomfort and some very negative side effects from using the medication. This is because it is made from very harsh and unnatural chemicals. The other way is to use natural treatments that are without side-effects and continue to be safe.