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Crabs

What are they?
Crabs, also known as Pubic lice, are tiny insects that attach themselves to the skin and hair in the pubic area.

Pubic lice are very easily spread during sex. Sometimes they are spread through other kinds of close physical contact. In very rare cases, they can also be spread from contact with infected bedding, clothing, upholstered furniture, and toilet seats.
What are the symptoms?
People do not usually get any symptoms until having pubic lice for about five days. Some people never get symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they may include intense itching in the genitals or anus, mild fever, feeling run-down, irritability and the presence of lice or small egg sacs, which are called nits, in pubic hair.

What is the treatment?
Some common brands of over-the-counter pubic lice medicine are A-200, RID, and Nix. Stronger prescription medicines are also available trough your healthcare provider.

Shaving will not get rid of public lice. All bedding, towels, and clothing that may have been exposed should be thoroughly washed or dry cleaned, and your home should be vacuumed.

Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants must use products specially designed for them.



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STDs: The Low Down

STDs are both common and sneaky. One in two sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25, and most of them won’t even know it. That’s because many STDs do not show any symptoms.

How can I protect against STDs?

Abstinence is the best way to protect against STDs. For those that choose to have sex, practice safe sex. That means that guys should use latex condoms during oral, vaginal and anal sex.

Should I get tested for STDs?

STDs are sneaky — often they don’t cause any symptoms, so many infected teens don’t know they’re infected. Click here to see if you should get tested.

Many Reproductive Health Centers throughout Pennsylvania offer free and confidential STD screenings for teens.

Find a teen-friendly health center near you