Have unhappy STD news? Break it with an e-card


Breaking up over e-mail is a social no-no. But sending an e-card telling someone to get tested for STDs may be a public health courtesy.

A California-based nonprofit allows users to send free e-cards notifying their sexual partners to get tested for STDs.

Since 2004, a free Web site, inSpot.org has allowed users to anonymously notify their partners to get tested for STDs such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

It may not be the most personal way of delivering the news, but researchers say it beats not saying anything at all.

I’ll bet some spammer will figure out how to make money from this. Somehow.

2 thoughts on “Have unhappy STD news? Break it with an e-card

  1. Cinaedh says:

    I’m not a spammer but I care deeply about the health of all of my friends.

    Hence, I’m going to send one of these e-cards, anonymously, to every person I know. It’s obvious to me, everyone would benefit from getting checked for STDs.

    I mean, really, it’s the least I can do for my friends.

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