(Also known as S.T.I’s or S.T.D’s)
It’s important to get tested for S.T.I’s after an assault even if you don’t have any signs of infection. It’s possible to have an S.T.I without having any symptoms.
S.T.I’s can be passed on to anyone you have sex with. Even if it’s not bothering you it’s important to get treatment for an infection.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted
and see a doctor soon after, he or she will usually also book you in for a follow up appointment to do some testing, as most STIs don’t show up for a week or two.
If there is a risk you could have been exposed to HIV, the doctor can arrange for you to have medication called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). This is to stop you developing HIV. PEP is usually given within the first 72 hours after the assault.
Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin is given to people who are at risk of contracting Hepatitis B and have not been vaccinated.