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Pubic Lice (Crabs) are small parasites that grip onto the hair in the genital area.

The most common symptom of pubic lice is itching in the pubic hair. Close inspection should reveal tiny lice clinging to the hair. There may also be nits (eggs) attached to the hair shaft. Crabs can also be found in beards, armpits, on chest hair and on the eyelashes. They usually show up from three days to several weeks after contact and are passed on by close body contact with someone who has crabs.

As crabs and their eggs can survive for some time away from the body, it is also possible to catch them by sharing towels, clothes or from someone else’s bed.

An external physical examination will show the presence of crabs.

Crabs are easily cured by using appropriate genital lice shampoos and creams available over the counter at pharmacies. Shaving the pubic area will not get rid of crabs.

All bed-linen, clothes, towels and underwear should be washed in a hot soapy wash. Sexual partners and anyone in close physical contact should also be treated to avoid re-infection. It is also advisable to repeat the treatment after several days.

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    Scabies are tiny mites (smaller than crabs) that burrow under the skin to lay eggs.

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  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a bacterial infection that infects the penis, vagina, throat or anus and then spreads to different parts of the body through the bloodstream.

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  • Thrush

    Thrush (or Candidiasis) is a yeast infection that irritates the mucous membranes around the genitals.

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  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can infect the mucous lining of the penis, anus, or vagina.

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  • Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that lives in the mucous lining of the penis, throat, anus, vagina or eyes.

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  • Gut Infections

    Gut Infections are caused by bacteria (such as amoebiasis, shigellosis, giardiasis and salmonellosis).

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  • Hepatitis A, B & C

    Hepatitis A, B & C are all viruses that cause inflammation of the liver. There are three different kinds of Hepatitis. Each has different symptoms and different treatments.

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  • Herpes (HSV)

    Herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus, HSV) presents in two different types: cold sores or genital herpes.

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  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus that can cause warts on the penis, anus or surrounding areas.

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  • Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

    LGV is a particularly virulent form of the Chlamydia bacteria. It is still rare, but it may become more common over time.

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  • Molloscum Contagiosum

    Molloscum Contagiosum (MC) is a virus that causes pimple-like lumps on the body.

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