Medical Resources

Medical Treatment

After an experience of unwanted sexual contact, you may consider seeking medical treatment, such as:

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) treatment and testing and/or discussing the risks of sexually transmitted infections with a health professional
    • Preventive treatment for certain STIs can be most effective within 1-3 days of the sexual contact
    • Find more information about post-exposure prophylaxis (preventative treatment for HIV) such as where to find it and how to pay for it
  • Forensic exam to collect potential physical evidence and determine additional necessary treatment (also called a sexual assault forensic exam, or ‘rape kit’) Learn more about the Forensic Exam.
    • A forensic exam may be conducted up to 5 days after the incident
    • To preserve evidence one should not shower, bathe, brush teeth, or change clothes before visiting a hospital for a forensic exam
  • Discussing emergency contraception methods and the risks of pregnancy resulting from a sexual assault and/or contraception methods and alternatives with a health professional

You can have a support person or people of your choice such as a friend, family member, or advocate accompany you throughout the medical care process. You can call 541-346-SAFE 24/7 to request an advocate come with you.

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Medical Centers

You can view a list of medical resources on the safe.uoregon.edu website.

You can get a forensic exam at any of the below locations;

University Health Center
1590 E. 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR
M-F, 9a-5p; Sa 10a-2p

McKenzie Willamette Medical Center
1460 G Street
Springfield, OR
24hrs

Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District
1255 Hilyard Street
Eugene, OR
24hrs

Sacred Heart Meidcal Center at Riverbend
3333 Riverbend Drive
Springfield, OR
24hrs

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Forensic Exam

What is it?

The Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, also called a ‘rape kit’, is an exam that checks for and documents physical evidence of sexual battery, sexual assault, or rape, and may be conducted up to 5 days after the incident (the state of Oregon recommends that this be done within 84 hours). To best preserve evidence, one should not bathe, shower, brush teeth, or go to the bathroom until after the forensic exam. Evidence from a forensic exam can be used in prosecuting sexual assault cases through the criminal justice system.

Where can I get a forensic exam?

University Health Center
1590 E. 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR
M-F, 9a-5p; Sa 10a-2p

McKenzie Willamette Medical Center
1460 G Street
Springfield, OR
24hrs

Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District
1255 Hilyard Street
Eugene, OR
24hrs

Sacred Heart Meidcal Center at Riverbend
3333 Riverbend Drive
Springfield, OR
24hrs

How does it work?

A sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) or doctor will begin the exam by asking about your medical history and health, and may ask about characteristics or details of the assault. A physical exam will be performed and samples from various parts of the body may be collected to test for DNA. A toxicology test may also be done to test for drugs in the system, and clothing may be kept as evidence.  At the hospital they may ask for your insurance, however, there is no charge for a rape kit and you do not need to provide insurance.

Will the police be notified that I got a forensic exam?

When you request a forensic exam, the SANE will only notify the police at your request. You can also speak with the police without pressing charges. Receiving a forensic exam does not mean that you need to file a report with Oregon or the police.

How are forensic exams used?

After the exam, the doctor or nurse will document the findings in a medical record, which can later be subpoenaed to assist in the legal process. Your kit will be saved with the police department.

Do I need to pay for it?

The Oregon State SAVE Fund will pay for the cost of a sexual assault medical exam, medications to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, emergency contraception and a pregnancy test up to 7 days after the assault. An exam with collection of forensic evidence must be conducted within 3½ days (84 hours) after the assault.

Can I have someone with me?

You can have a support person (or people) of your choice such as a friend, family member, or advocate accompany you throughout the medical care process. You can also call 541-346-SAFE at any time to speak with someone confidentially and request someone to accompany you to receive medical care.

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