Examination Methods and STD/Pregnancy Prevention Procedures for Sexual Assault Victims

Libby Cope, Univ. of South Carolina , Spartanburg

One in six women will be sexually assaulted during their life; most victims do not report the assault to the authorities. Reporting rape generally requires a thorough examination that can be long and emotionally painful for the victim. The introduction of Sexual Assault Nurse examiners (SANE) has made the sexual assault examination easier for the victim. During an exam a doctor or SANE must check for physical injuries, take a patient history, collect evidence, and do a thorough physical exam. New technologies used during the examination include Florescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) and the Colposcope. Doctors also test for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD's). There are new preventative medicines available for pregnancy and STD's.

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Updated 05/20/2006