It seems your Tinder date could be hiding another dark secret on top of looking nothing like their photo, or being secretly married…
A scientist has revealed that up to 750,000 users of the dating app could have pubic lice or as they’re commonly known, crabs.
Writing in The Conversation, Dr Cameron Webb from the University of Sydney has warned that the six-legged insects – similar to head lice – are likely to be carried by around one to two per cent of adults, with rates slightly higher among older people.
It is this figure he used to estimate how many Tinder users worldwide have the disease.
Dr Webb said:
It may be true that complete hair removal will prevent pubic lice setting up home, but are all those currently sexually active bare down there? Not likely.
Pubic lice have been with us for thousands of years and they’ll be with us for thousands more.
The parasites are passed on through ‘skin on skin’ contact and they love to feast on human blood causing little red lumps and excessive itching although – fortunately – treatment is pretty straightforward with a cream.
Although the little critters don’t carry serious infections, Dr Webb thinks they could be an indicator for other diseases such as chlamydia:
They’re typically found on hair in the pubic region but can live anywhere coarse hair is found. This may include the beard, eyebrows and eyelashes, as well hair on the chest and in the armpit.
They don’t live long, perhaps less than a month, but a female louse can lay around 30 eggs during that time, ensuring a steady population of lice is maintained.
Happy Valentine’s Day!