For pregnancy, they could:
- Take an Emergency Contraception pill (asap, within 5 days of the incident) to prevent conception, or
- Get a copper intrauterine device (IUD) inserted to their uterus (within 5 days of the incident) to prevent conception and have long-term contraception coverage.
- Take Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) pills daily (starting within 3 days of the incident) for one month to greatly lower their chances of getting HIV if their rapist has it. (Note: Some people experience severe side effects from PEP, but many experience no side effects. Either way, it’s better than getting HIV.)
3. Go with them to the doctor, clinic, or pharmacy to get treatment and/or medication.
4. Force their rapist to get tested for STIs, and go with him/her/them (with your friend’s permission). (Note: STIs often don’t show up right away on tests, so if they got something recently it could show up as a false negative. But it’s useful information if they do test positive for something.)
Bonus thing you can do: Talk about it with them. Read 6 things to say if your friend tells you they were raped.