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No TLC for an STD?

 
 
Noddy24
 
Reply Fri 6 Jan, 2006 10:16 am
According to this week's issue of Time Los Angeles County has a new website which lets people e-mail sexual partners (signed or unsigned, with or without a personal note) announcing that they have been diagnosed with an STD and the recipient should be tested.

For example: "I got screwed while screwing, you might have too."

www.InSpotLA.org

The original site: www.inSpot.org. (San Francisco).

In the first two weeks, the LA site had 21,600 people mailing 38,000 e cards.

Health care agencies in Indiana, Colorado, Philadelphia and Seattle have firm plans to launch similar sites.

Do you feel that potential abuses outweigh the value of such a site? The e-cards don't come with counseling. The system could be abused by ho-ho practical jokers. The e-cards could cause difficulties at the workplace.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Fri 6 Jan, 2006 10:20 am
Ok, once I got the initial belly laugh out of the way
( it was the " i got screwed while screwing you statement" )

yeah. I agree.
This site is a bit dangerous.
For people who truly have gotten a dangerous STD and dont want to give away their identities.. this sort of communication COULD be a bit of a savior for them.

but with out any help, sometimes no name,how is the person who receives this supposed to respond? React?

I wouldnt even be sure they would believe it.

it would sorta be like.... spam..
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 6 Jan, 2006 07:58 pm
This is interesting.

I think it falls into a real "need to know" category. People who have been exposed to an STD really do need to know, no matter what.

I think that the site should perhaps direct them to places to get tested, or counseled. Maybe they could use some kind of zip code identification.

But I really have to wonder. How many people know the email address' of their casual conquests? I see a lot of room for purely spiteful behavior.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Fri 6 Jan, 2006 08:29 pm
I was thinking that as well.

For a one night stand, most people are lucky to remember, let alone ASK thier names..

a 'trick' ...... the main question is " How much?"


I guess, in todays time, we should throw in ..
" Is that at Yahoo dot com? Or AOL dot com? "
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 7 Jan, 2006 12:39 pm
Personally, I think the benefit outweighs the danger, here.

A secondary benefit is simply making public that STD's do exist; that they are spread by sexual contact; and that without treatment they can be fatal.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 7 Jan, 2006 03:51 pm
Very true.

The person who recieves a prank email, wont have anything to worry about.

The person who is NOT using protection.. will.
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