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To find out if you've got the bugs, take a good look at your pubes, preferably with a magnifying glass. Crabs are pretty big and ugly, so if you've got them you should be able to spot them, or their nits, which are small ovals attached to your pubic hair shafts. The good news is that they're pretty easy to treat and are more of an annoyance than a danger. They don't transmit HIV or anything else nasty like that.
If you do have them, you need to get treated with a lice-killing shampoo, like Rid or Nix. You can get these over the counter at a drugstore or at your campus health center. You also need to wash all your towels, bedding, and clothing to get rid of any crabs and nits hanging around. Make your roommate pay for your lice-shampoo and dry-cleaning bills, since he brought in the unwanted guests.
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