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Sexual Assault Infectious Disease Prophylaxis.


Sachs CJ1, Thomas B.


StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019-.
2019 May 13.


Patients presenting for medical treatment after sexual assault may be concerned about the possibility of acquiring an infectious disease. For many types of sexually transmitted infections (STDs) providers should administer appropriate therapy to prevent this transmission. For others, such as genital herpes, no effective prophylaxis can be recommended.  Recommendations for specific STD treatment and appropriate medications change over time as infectious agents become more or less common. also, some of these STDs become resistant to commonly used antibiotics. New sexually-acquired diseases may appear over time as was the case with HIV in the 1980s. Researchers develop new medications that are effective against certain STDs as was also the case with HIV in the decades after its discovery. Recommendations changed several times over the last decade regarding gonorrhea treatment as that organism became increasingly resistant to current therapies.  Treatment varies by country and sometimes within a country depending on local resistance and patterns of infections. The following information follows current recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). [1]

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