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Dangerous liaisons: rape and HIV.




 

Body Posit. 1998 Nov;XI(11):32-7. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Rape crisis intervention teams provide support and counseling to people who have been victimized by rape or sexual assault. The group from the Mount Sinai Rape Crisis Intervention Program describes how counselors act as advocates for the victim by answering questions and providing emotional support. The group is troubled by the issue of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), as there are no firm guidelines for when to offer it to someone who has been raped. PEP may be helpful, but the risk level of the patient must be assessed and the PEP treatment, which lasts approximately 4 weeks, can have very unpleasant side effects. Counselors agree that anyone who had just been sexually assaulted may not be mentally prepared for consenting to PEP treatment.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE Counseling *Crisis Intervention HIV Infections/*DIAGNOSIS/TRANSMISSION *Hotlines Human Patient Advocacy *Rape United States



 




Information in this article was accurate in December 30, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.