Terms to Know

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Forensic Exam: 

  • A forensic exam is the collection of DNA evidence that could later be used for reporting if a person chooses to report. The forensic exam consists of evidence collection and medical care. An advocate from the YWCA SART team is available to accompany individuals having a forensic exam. Individuals can decide if they would like a support person in the room with them. In addition, Kim Webb is available to accompany students (see Campus Resources ). Please see Forensic Examination for more information about what this exam entails, specifically.


  • In general, prophylaxis is a method of preventing diseases. Prophylaxis (a medicine) is a way of preventing the transmission of STDs shortly after unprotected sexual contact. Student Health Services offers prophylaxis for STDs. Hospitals offer prophylaxis as well. Please see STI/ HIV for more information and resources.

Emergency Contraception:

  • Emergency contraception is a method of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Emergency contraception prevents ovulation from occurring, which subsequently prevents pregnancy. EC is different from abortion (please see abortion for more information). Most forms of emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, but the effectiveness decreases with time. Please see Emergency Contraception (EC) for more information and resources.

Medical vs. Procedural Abortion:

  • A medical abortion can be received up until 9 weeks after missed period and it consists of 2 Mifeprex pills, one of which is taken in the health center and the second is taken at home. The abortion will happen at home and the individual should return to the health center within a week for a follow-up appointment. A medical abortion costs $200.

  • A procedural abortion can be performed within 21 weeks and 6 days after missed period and the procedure takes about 20 minutes. A physician, medical assistant, and an advocate are available to the patient upon request.

  • Please see Abortion Care for more information and resources.