After a sexual assault, it is important to get checked for possible injuries and/or pregnancy and get treated for sexually-transmitted infections regardless of how long it has been since the assault. Victims can seek medical help at any time. However, the days immediately after the assault are the only time DNA evidence of the assault can be collected. It is also the only time any substances (sometimes called date-rape drugs) can be detected.
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MEDICAL EVALUATION FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Medical evaluation after child sexual abuse can involve a wellness check, testing and care for sexual transmitted infections, and forensic evidence collection if the abuse was recent.
WHERE TO GO FOR AN EXAMINATION
There are a variety of healthcare providers who can help you after a sexual assault. Find the one who is right for you or a loved one.
PAYING FOR THE EXAMINATION
If you received the sexual assault medical forensic examination and evidence collection within five days of the assault, you are not responsible for the cost of the examination including co-pays or deductibles.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
An STI is an infection passed from one person to another through vaginal, anal, or oral contact. STIs can infect a person of any age or gender.
Follow-up care is very important. Any sexually transmitted infection that you may have contracted will not show up until later. A follow-up test for pregnancy is also recommended.