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You've Got Mail (and an STI)

You've Got Mail (and an STI)

There may be nothing as awkward as informing a previous sexual partner that you've exposed him or her to an STI, but it's also one of the best things that you can do. Unfortunately, many people think that shame outweighs doing what's right, and thus, STIs continue to thrive. Now InSpot.org, a site based in San Francisco, assists people in anonymously notifying their partners about possible exposure to an STI through email. According to Reuters:

InSpot.org uses the E-Card model to send messages like "I'm So Sorry" to notify people that they may have been exposed to a disease. It also offers information about getting tested and treatment.

The goal of the site is to reduce the prevalence of diseases like syphilis through more timely treatment and awareness. Okay, I know the e-card model does seem kind of tacky, and yes, we'd all rather have the person just tell us directly, but I think an anonymous email is better than no email at all. Do you agree? Would you use this if the circumstances were right?


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