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What should I do about sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

STIs are passed more easily with violent sex because the skin in the vagina is often torn. If the man who raped you had an STI, he may have passed it to you. Since you cannot know if he was infected, you should be treated so you can avoid getting an infection and passing it on to others. Take medicines for gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, and watch for signs of other STIs. Take the medicines whether or not you think you were infected.

You should also try to have an HIV test. In areas where HIV infection is widespread, it may be best to take medicines to prevent HIV transmission within 24 to 72 hours after the attack. See a health worker experienced with ART to find out what medicines are recommended in your area. The medicines must be taken for 28 days.