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A bit over 2 years ago, I went out with a group of friends and didn't drink anything alcoholic. Someone who'd we just met bought us all drinks. He got me a soft drink and spiked my drink with a rape drug (as I realised afterwards). I quickly got extremely sick (couldn't stop vomiting) and he offered to take me home. What I remember from the following hours are flashes of throwing up in a taxi, unwillingly having sex with immense pain in my vagina and myself shouting "No, stop! I don't want to!". The following morning, he was still there and was nervous and apologetic. I felt weak and sick and didn't understand what had happened and he said the bartender must have spiked my drink. I understood from his facial expression that he was lying.. He had done it himself on purpose. I tried to remain calm and asked if we had had unprotected sex and he confirmed we did. He then left. I was happy to still be alive but felt the worst I'd ever felt in my life. I stayed in bed the entire week and only went out to buy a morning after pill and pregnancy test. I wasn't pregnant. I looked at my area down there using a mirror and noticed it was red and looked bruised and there were wounds. After a week of panic, pain and crying, I decided to seek help and went to the doctor for numerous checks. He could tell that a lot of force had been used as there where some tears in the tissue of my vagina and the area was red. I remember the guy having what looked like herpes near his eye and was really worried. I've been tested for all STDs over the course of 8 months using swabs and blood tests twice and was clean. After my vagina started to heal, I began to have cold sores on my index finger. The doctor didn't know what it was as it's not very common, but it turned out to be a herpetic whitlow. It hurt like hell. The whitlow returned every month around my period and reminded me of the rape every time. It was awful. However, after a year, the symptoms stopped returning and I haven't had them ever since. So for you out there with a similar condition; there is hope.

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