What You Should Know
You have options when seeking medical treatment. Going to the hospital does not mean that you have to make a report to the police. That is your choice. There is no cost for a forensic examination and no bill should be generated.
If you think you were drugged or you consumed a sedative-like substance, visit the closest emergency room immediately and ask the medical provider to take a urine sample.
At the Student Health Care Center, a nurse practitioner can perform a physical exam to check for injuries, perform STI and HIV testing, and provide emergency contraception and treatment.
Student Health Care Center
280 Fletcher Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
P: (352) 392-1161
Local hospitals can also provide services to address physical injuries, including medical evidence collection.
If the assault happened within the last 5 days (or 120 hours) you can go to UF Health Shands Hospital Emergency Room to receive a free, confidential medical exam and to have evidence collected as part of a forensic evidence kit (sometimes referred to as a rape kit). The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and other medical staff can detect injuries and offer help regarding concerns of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy as a result of the sexual assault. This exam is free and available to you regardless of whether or not you choose to report to law enforcement. If you do not want to report to the police, the evidence kit will be stored under an anonymous number at the Gainesville Police Department or the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
If more than 5 days have passed, or if you are not interested in having evidence preserved, you can also receive post-sexual assault medical treatment, as well as STI and pregnancy testing, at the Alachua County Health Department at no cost or your primary care doctor. Some victims may also be eligible for medical treatment at the VA Hospital.