Our expert says:
Scabies is caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabiei. The mite is attracted to the warmth and smell of human beings and is usually spread by close intimate contact, such as sleeping in the same bed, sharing clothes, or bodily contact. So while the mite is usually spread from skin to skin, it can also be spread from contact with linen, clothing, and other household or personal items. The mite only lives for a few days off the human body, but can find a new human host during this time. Scabies is NOT considered a sexually transmitted disease however, because while it can be spread this way, the many other ways are equally, if not more prevalent.
Anthony – SASHA. For further information please consult SASHA’S website at www.sexualhealth.qw.co.za/dru. For referral to a professional in your vicinity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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