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What tests may I have when I have been sexually assaulted?

Tests that are usually done for a patient who has been sexually assaulted include a blood draw for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and syphilis. A cervical swab is done for gonorrhea and chlamydia and urine is collected for a pregnancy test. If a patient thinks they may have been given a "date rape" drug, their urine can also be tested for drugs like Rohypnol.

After the initial labs are drawn, follow-up is usually recommended in 1-2 months and most of those labs are collected again. This is because the initial set of labs may not show if an infection was acquired from the sexual assault.

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