What about AIDS?

Some people who have been sexually assaulted are concerned about HIV infection. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

The risk of HIV infection from a onetime sexual assault is low. Whether the sexual assault happened recently or in the past, you should talk to a knowledgeable person for advice. A sexual assault counselor can provide support, information and can direct you to testing sites where you can receive free (or very low cost) anonymous HIV testing and counseling. After discussing you situation with a counselor, you may want to be tested for HIV.

Because of the emotional trauma of the assault, you may want to do baseline testing 3-5 days after the assault. Waiting will give you a chance to talk to a counselor and to think about you choices in order to make the best decision for you. A test given shortly after the assault will only tell if you were infected before the assault. It can take up to 6 months to know if you were infected during an assault so it is recommended you be tested for HIV at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months post assault.

The law also gives you the right, in some cases, to request that the offender be tested for HIV. A sexual assault counselor or an HIV counselor can tell you about this right. However, if you are concerned about HIV infection, you should be tested.

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Will I need any follow-up medical care?

The test you had in the hospital will only tell you if you were pregnant or had an STI before the assault. If you contracted anything from the offender, it will not show up until later. Even if you were given medication as a precaution, it is very important that you be re-tested in two weeks.

The Discharge Instruction sheet given to you when you left the health care facility contains very important information. You should bring that sheet with you to any follow-up appointments.

If you received hormone therapy to prevent pregnancy, you may have some nausea. If you were not given a prescription for anti-nausea medication and you need some, call the hospital where you were seen. (See Discharge Instructions for telephone number).

It may take up to two weeks for your period to start. If it does not, or if you think you might be pregnant, you should have a blood test for pregnancy to be sure.

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Who pays for the exam?

The CT Judicial Branch, Office of Victim Services (OVS) pays for the cost of completing the sexual assault evidence kit. . The state will also pay for a medical forensic assessment interview done on a child. However, the hospital may bill you for some medication and any other medical expenses. You may be able to get help with these bills from OVS. (See Appendix H)

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Should I have the Kit completed if I am not sure about reporting to the police?

Yes. You should have the Kit completed as soon as possible after a sexual assault, even if you cannot decide whether to report the assault to the police. Important evidence may be lost or destroyed as time passes. The state law requires that the completed kit be held for sixty (60) days to allow you time to decide. . During this period the kit will not be identified by your name. You can still choose not to report to the police.

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What is the Sexual Assault Exam?

The sexual assault exam is a medical exam done by health care personnel. You are examined and treated for any injuries, and tested for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). During the exam, a sexual assault evidence collection kit may be completed. This Kit is used to collect specimens, such as hair or semen, which may provide supportive physical evidence to be used in court. The presence or absence of physical evidence does not prove whether a person has been sexually assaulted.

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