Pubic Lice Is an STD

Pubic Lice are typically considered an STD. This means that transmission most commonly occurs from direct person to person contact that usually involves sexual activity; however, it can occur through direct physical contact with contaminated objects such as bed linens, towels, clothes or possibly even toilet seats. The route of transmission via contaminated objects is thought to be very rare. It is a common misconception that an individual can contract this infestation from their pets. Animals cannot contract or spread Pubic Lice. It is also important to consider that infestation in a young child or adolescent may sometimes indicate sexual activity or abuse. In short, risk factors include:

  • Having multiple sex partners
  • Having sexual contact with an infested person
  • Sharing bedding/clothing with an infested person