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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, a site based in San Francisco, assists people in anonymously notifying their partners about possible exposure to an STI through email. According to Reuters: 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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chatoyante chatoyante 9 years
I think it's a good thing. Obv, it would suck to get one of these emails, but it's better to know than not know.
d_ford d_ford 9 years
That's horrible! I would HATE for someone to do that. I actually had a guy call me up after we hooked up to tell me that he was having symptoms of the clap after we slept together. He accused me of giving it to him!! He was the first person I had been with in over 6 months and had never had unprotected sex. I was kinda ticked at him. I would have hated to receive that news via an e-card. Thank goodness he didn't have it! I would hate to know that I had gotten an STI/STD.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
Yeah, it is tacky.
Marci Marci 9 years
Well, I think it's very tacky. But if someone is too chicken to be responsible for their actions and tell me directly, then I guess it's better than never finding out.
ForEmily ForEmily 9 years
Well, what if it WAS your cowardly boyfriend who sent it to you? You may not have been sleeping around, but he could have been... Obviously, this was not case, but it could have been. Just sayin'.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I GOT ONE OF THESE ONCE! It was probably a year and a half or two years ago... an e-card send to my email address, and the e-card was something like "You're too hot to be out of commission... I've come down with chlamydia so you should be tested too." My fiance (boyfriend at the time) was reading it over my shoulder and he couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. It took me a couple weeks to convince him that it was sent to me by mistake (I have a kind of common name and I get a bunch of emails meant for another person who must have a very similar gmail address). Had it not unfortunately made my fiance think I was cheating on him, I would have found the situation hysterical (an ecard for STDs?!), because I know it didn't apply to me. Uh, had I actually been sleeping around and got the e-card, well, then maybe I would have been terrified...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
yea i don't have to face the person!
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