South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault: Crisis website

Seeing a doctor

You will be offered free access to a doctor or nurse so that your health needs can be met and you can obtain medical care.  You will be asked if you agree to swabs and forensic samples being collected at the same time as an examination to look for marks and bruises.  Photographs may also be taken.

It’s important to get tested for sexually transmissible infections (STI’s), even if you don’t have any signs of infection. If there is a risk you could have been exposed to HIV, the doctor can arrange for you to have medication called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). This is to reduce the risk of you developing HIV. PEP is usually given within the first 72 hours after the assault. If you have not been fully vaccinated against Hepatitis B then you might also need vaccination and Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin.

Emergency contraceptive

Also known as the morning after pill and post-coital contraception, this can be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of a sexual assault. This pill is given to reduce the chance of a woman from becoming pregnant. The sooner the morning after pill is taken, the more effective it is. If more than 3 days have passed, check with your doctor or pharmacist if it’s still possible for you to take it. If you can’t get to a doctor within 3 days you could get the morning after pill from a Chemist, or free of charge from a free sexual health clinic.

If you don’t want to discuss the sexual assault, you can tell the doctor that you had unprotected sex.

How much does seeing a Doctor cost?

Seeing a doctor at a CASA is free.  Sexual health services for free or at low cost can be accessed at the Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic, your local Family Planning clinic or the emergency department of your nearest hospital.

People with a Medicare card get healthcare for free or at a subsidised rate.  You do not have to have a Medicare card to see a Doctor.  If you visit a doctor and don’t have a Medicare card, you may have to pay the full consultation fee.  If you are aged 15 years or older you can apply for your own Medicare card.

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