What is it about?

It's a a 10-year retrospective study that analyzes the socio-demographic and epidemiological profile, the frequency of procedures performed, the frequency of blood-borne infections (BBI), pregnancy, and legal abortion in women assisted by a sexual violence assistance center in Brazil.

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Why is it important?

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) and pregnancy can be consequences of sexual violence, however, In Brazil, around 50% of women victims of sexual violence do not undergo STI prophylaxis or emergency contraception.


We hope that this study will draw attention to the need to implement public policies guaranteeing reproductive rights (sexual and reproductive health rights) and to develop strategies that will enable wide access and better quality of health care for women in sexual violence conditions, thereby reducing their vulnerability to STI and unwanted pregnancies.

Chiara Souza
Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo

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This page is a summary of: Blood-borne infections and pregnancies among women attending a sexual violence assistance center in Brazil: A 10-year retrospective study, PLoS ONE, February 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0280419.
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