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Possible health issues

It’s important that you consider getting medical help as soon as possible after a rape or sexual assault, because of potential injury and the additional risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. If you are over 16, hospitals and doctors will treat you in complete confidence, and will not tell the police unless you ask them to.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Even if you have no symptoms, a check-up for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a sensible precaution after a rape or sexual assault. You can get help and advice from your GP or practice nurse, family planning clinic or Brook Centre. Any of these can refer you to a sexual health clinic or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic where you can be tested.

Treatment for STIs, especially HIV, is more effective and has better outcomes if provided early after contraction. You can get a referral from your GP, contact your nearest large hospital and ask for an appointment with the sexual health clinic yourself, or you can search for a sexual health clinic near you on the NHS website

You can find out more about PEP, HIV and AIDS from Terrence Higgins Trust or from the THT Direct helpline on 0808 802 1221 (open Monday to Friday, 10am-8pm). For general information about STIs, you can call the NHS National Sexual Health Helpline on 0800 567 123 (free and open 24 hours).

Pregnancy

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)

Forensic examinations

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