Treatment

Treatment of the rape victim includes, first and foremost, management of any physical injuries according to standards of care, while attending to the psychological needs of the patient. Tetanus prophylaxis should be given if needed, lacerations sutured, and fractures casted. A pregnancy test should be obtained in order to identify any preexisting pregnancy; a negative pregnancy test should be documented before providing postcoital contraception. Routine drug screens or determination of alcohol levels are not recommended; they may be obtained if medically indicated and if the results will influence treatment.

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