Journal of Adolescent Health
This study examined the difference between institutional policy and practice concerning the role of emergency contraception (EC) and STD-screening for sexual assault cases in 85 emergency departments. Results showed that 60% of emergency departments screen for STDs. Additionally, 85.9% provide EC counseling, 87.7% administer the first dose in the emergency department, and 64.7% offer HIV postexposure prophylaxis (PEP). Interestingly, only 67.9% of emergency departments have an EC policy and only 55.3% have a nonoccupational HIV PEP policy. As such, the majority of academic emergency departments are apparently offering EC counseling, EC treatment, and HIV PEP to victims of sexual assault, despite the absence of institutional policies.
Medical Response; Treatment; Victim Services