The role of legal medicine professionals in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among female victims of sexual assault

Renjulal Yesodharan, Pratibha Kamath, Vishnu Renjith, Nirmal M. Krishnan, Udara Dilrukshi Senarathne, Suja Kumari Sasidharan, Tessy Treesa Jose, Vinod C. Nayak

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Abstract

Sexual violence can have an overwhelming impact on the victim’s physical and mental health; the consequences include unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Therefore, the examiners must assess victims for possible pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as a part of the sexual assault examination. This article aims to orient the medico-legal examiners towards their role in preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections among victims of sexual assault. Prompt detection of pregnancy or STIs is critical, as any delay would adversely affect the success-ful administration of emergency contraception and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-451
Number of pages12
JournalForensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 09-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine

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