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A risk factor is something which increases the likelihood of developing a condition or disease. For example, obesity significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes type 2. Therefore, obesity is a risk factor for diabetes type 2. Risk factors for crabs include:

Being sexually active, especially for adolescents.
Having several sex partners.
Having sexual relations with a person who has an infestation.
Sharing towels, bedding or clothing with an infested person.
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