Sexual Health Screening

Being raped or sexually assaulted might make you at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The St Mary’s Centre team can give you advice on how to get screened for these infections. They can give you advice on when you should be tested. They can give you advice on where you can go for these tests. Sexually transmitted infections can have a major impact on your health, so it is important to receive the right medical treatment as soon as possible.

For young children we can offer for them to attend us to have these tests.

We offer free sexual health screening tests for a number of different infections, these may include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Hepatitis B
  • Syphilis

Your forensic doctor will discuss the tests with you. You can also discuss these with your ISVA. We will also advise you of any follow up required and offer counseling where appropriate.

PEP

There may be a risk in some cases that a victim could become infected with HIV or Hepatitis B.

There is medical treatment called PEP (this means post exposure prophylaxis) that can reduce this risk.

For HIV this medication should be started as soon as possible after the attack, and at most within 72 hours.

For Hepatitis B it should be started within 6 weeks of the attack.

The St Mary’s doctor will discuss with you if having this treatment is the best choice for you.

If the doctor thinks that it is in your best interest to have PEP then we will provide it if you choose to have it.

For HIV you will need to take tablets for 28 days. St Mary’s Centre will give you the first 5 days of tablets. We will help you arrange an appointment with a GUM clinic of your choice who will look after you for the rest of the month.

For Hepatitis B PEP you will need a course of injections (in your arm). The St Mary’s Centre doctor can give you the first of these and the others you can get from your GP or a GUM clinic. We will help you with this.