Rape and HIV

Int J STD AIDS. May-Jun 1991;2(3):200-1. doi: 10.1177/095646249100200310.


The risk of contracting HIV infection as a result of rape is unknown. We describe 4 female patients who were found to have antibodies to HIV-1 following rape, only one of whom had another recognized risk factor for HIV infection. The need for careful follow-up of rape victims, and the potential for HIV acquisition by the assailant is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • HIV Infections / transmission*
  • HIV Seropositivity
  • Humans
  • Rape*
  • Risk
  • Time Factors