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Sexual healthcare and contraception provision after sexual assault
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  1. Sinead Cook1,
  2. Laura Cunningham2,
  3. Alison Mott3
  1. 1 Department of Sexual Health, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 Department of Sexual Health, Cardiff and Vale UHB, Cardiff, UK
  3. 3 Ynys Saff Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sinead Cook, Department of Sexual Health, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff CF24 0JT, UK; sineadcook{at}doctors.org.uk

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We would like to share with Journal readers our findings from a local study which highlighted some issues around sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) provision after sexual assault which led us to make changes to our local service. People who attend Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) have a variety of acute and longer-term sexual health and contraceptive needs. In Cardiff, we introduced a local policy in 2017 that aimed to ensure high-quality immediate care within the SARC and onwards referral to the local integrated sexual health clinic. Forensic examinations and immediate care in the SARC are the responsibility of Forensic Medical Examiners (FMEs), employed by a private contractor. The policy followed recommendations from national guidelines,1–3 through advising on use of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV, hepatitis B vaccination, provision of …

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