Rape survivors and the provision of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis

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dc.contributor.author Killian, S.
dc.contributor.author Suliman, S.
dc.contributor.author Fakier, N.
dc.contributor.author Seedat, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-18T14:56:57Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-18T14:56:57Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08
dc.identifier.citation Killian, S., Suliman, S., Fakier, N. & Seedat, S. 2007. Rape survivors and the provision of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis. South African Medical Journal, 97(8):585-586. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2078-5135 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 0256-9574 (print)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/7086
dc.description Letter
dc.description The original publication is available at http://www.samj.org.za
dc.description.abstract To the Editor: Rape and HIV/AIDS are two scourges of epidemic proportion in South Africa, which is known for high levels of sexual violence and one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world. While the link between rape and long-term physical and mental health problems is well established, the vast majority of rapes go unreported and only a small proportion of women attend health care services after rape, with many believing that their actions will not lead to punishment for the perpetrator. Another factor that may worsen matters even further is the latest version of the original bill on sexual offences (Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill) passed in 2003. The latest version of the Bill states that the provision of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is dependent on the ‘victim’ laying a charge. This is likely to have a major negative impact on rape survivors receiving PEP within 72 hours and may impede the ability of medical and police officials to obtain medical evidence that is crucial for the successful prosecution of the perpetrator. en_ZA
dc.format.extent p. 585-586
dc.language.iso en_ZA
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)
dc.subject Rape victims -- Medical care -- South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject HIV infections -- South Africa -- Prevention en_ZA
dc.subject Post-exposure prophylaxis e _ZA
dc.title Rape survivors and the provision of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis en_ZA
dc.type Article
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dc.rights.holder SAMJ reserves copyright of the material published
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