I gotta luv working for the health department. We've just launched InSpotLA, a website that lets users email notify their sexual partners that they have been exposed to STDs.
It's ripe for abuse, so critics say. Please don't prove them right by prank-mailing folks. So far the people who run the original In Spot site in San Francisco say that abuse has been minimal. let's keep it that way.
Anyway, your thoughts on notifying partners via email? How would you feel about getting an email like that? How about sending one to a partner you may have infected?
I think i'd probably get pretty pissed off that he idn't tell me in person. But it sure beats finding out by having a public health investigator come knocking at your door.
well i suppose the abuse aspect of it is bad, plus the fact that if you received one you might not take it seriously.
but think of how many people may not reveal their stds to their former partners because of embarrasment or fear that they'd be angry with them. the obvious choice to to put aside those feelings and do it for the other persons sake, but i have heard of cases when an infected person didnt tell their old mates. they made some excuse to themselves like "well we were wearing protection most of the time" or "if its an std theyll probably notice, why should i tell them".
maybe some precautions could be sent in order? such as maybe only testing centers having access to it and someone could send the emails from there? i dunno. the system will be abused but there are some advantages
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I see this as a good thing in general. Especially for people who had brief sexual encounters and may/may not ever see that person again, it's a step in the right direction of getting tested regularly and all that jazz.
For people who can't see that partner at the time it would also be perfect--although that partner might be very angry for being exposed and then being notified in such an impersonal manner, at least they're being notified somehow.
However, as others said, it does have "abuse me!" written all over it. Maybe if it was restricted somehow so that they'd know the emails were legit, then it would be a better tool.
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