Pubic lice are easily spread and therefore it can be difficult to prevent yourself from having them. There are however certain things you can do to prevent your risk of a pubic lice infestation:
- Limit your number of sexual partners as pubic lice are spread from person to person during intimate contact
- Avoid trying on underwear or swimwear in a store. If you do, rather keep your own underwear on underneath the garment you are trying on
Preventing pubic lice if your partner is infected
- If your partner has pubic lice, be sure to also treat yourself
- If your partner has pubic lice, avoid sexual contact until their treatment is complete and they are free of lice
- Do not share bedding or towels with an infected person
- Wash your bedding and towels regularly on a hot cycle (60°C) until your partner no longer has lice
- Remember to shower regularly
It will be worth your while to familiarise yourself with the symptoms of pubic lice to ensure that you know what to look out for and can seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect you may have pubic lice.
What are pubic lice?
Diagnosing pubic lice
Treating pubic lice
Sources: Planned Parenthood; University of Maryland Medical Centre; US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention