Treatment of Survivors of Sexual Assault

The AAFP recognizes that while health care providers may determine which services they provide to survivors of sexual assault, immediate referral should be available for any aspect of services related to the care and follow up of survivors not provided by the treating physician or institution. These services should include treatment of physical injuries; access to emergency contraception in the absence of confirmed pregnancy; appropriate collection and preservation of forensic evidence consistent with chain of custody requirements; identification and management of psychological sequelae of sexual assault including, posttraumatic stress disorder and potential revictimization; and prophylactic treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and Hepatitis B. (2002) (February 2014 BOD)