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HIV Risk from Pubic Lice, Scabies, and Body Lice?

Question: 

can pubic lice, scabies and body lice transmitt hiv ? my friend is hiv positive. he stays with me sometimes and now realized that have body lices, pubic lices and i am afraid of it. it is danger for mi about hiv ?

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether public lice, scabies and body lice are able to transmit HIV from person to person. Although lice and scabies do in fact feed on human blood, there is no risk of these parasites transmitting HIV from person to person. If you think you have lice from your roommate, please consider having a full-sexual health check-up with a local physician to check for other sexually transmitted infections (1).

Best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody