Sexual Health Screening
It is important following a sexual assault that you are screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as it may be possible that you have contracted an STI from the assault.
Horizon West Midlands has links with local Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services and hospitals so that we can refer you on for STI screening after SARC. It is still important to attend for an STI screen two weeks following assault which can be done at a GU clinic local to you.
Horizon West Midlands staff and ISVAs can make referrals to the GUM clinic local to you and book an appointment for you, often on a fast track system and in a way that means that you do not have to explain to the people at the GUM clinic why you are attending for an STI screen. The ISVA may also be able to attend the appointment with you for additional support.
Our crisis workers are friendly and supportive, however if you do not feel able to contact Horizon West Midlands it is important that you arrange an STI screening following assault particularly if you experience any symptoms such as itching, discharge, pain when urinating, inflammation or bleeding. Some STIs can be symptomless so it is very important that you have an STI screen even if you have not experienced any symptoms as STIs can lead to serious long-term health problems.