A service to share your verified HIV/STD Status?

  • magnetophone

    Posts: 3

    Jun 19, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    Hey everyone... I'm designing a new service to help share your verified STD test results on your smartphone or online profiles to make the conversation easier. I'm having a little trouble naming it and figured you guys might have an opinion. :-)

    Your help is greatly appreciated as we try to solve the problem of HIV/AIDs by addressing the last inch.

    Please take my minute long survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TTNY2WB

    If you don't want to take the survey, I'm totally interested in whether you think this is even a good idea...

    -James
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    Jun 19, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
    Personally, I think it would give people unwarranted confidence in the test results, which as we know w/r/t HIV specifically don't reflect infections during the window period.

    Also I can't imagine the liability issues you'd face in setting up this business. What if the test result is wrong or outdated and someone alleges that they got infected as a result? Would any insurer be willing to insure this risk?
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 19, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Horrible Idea ... easy way to be targeted and exploited by evil people.
  • magnetophone

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    Jun 19, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    These are great points/questions. It isn't foolproof, and isn't a replacement for common sense or discussions with potential partners. It would, however, make the awkward conversation a little bit easier, and significantly more accurate, because the results would come directly from the health care provider. We would also encourage users to protect themselves, but view our service as an additional layer of security.

    Remember, the status quo is nothing. If it's reported at all, it's self-reported. People are already making decisions based on this information. We would give them more accurate data to make a well informed decision.

    Furthermore, we can verify and report the type of test used. So, if someone gets an HIV PCR test, that information can be presented in the correct context, so you really know what time period it covers.

    From an insurance standpoint, it's really no different than any other electronic medical records system and gets classified along those lines.
  • great_scott

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    Jul 24, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    https://qpid.me/ already beat you to it.

    "Spread the love, nothing else" icon_lol.gif

    But seriously, I think it's a good idea. I look at a site like this as an extra step in prevention. With STD rates looking the way they do, especially for gay men, I think every little bit helps. An actual status verification system can't be anymore harmful than making HIV status a mandatory profile question that folks can easily lie about anyway.
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    Jul 24, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    I'm guessing that the only people who would be interested in this service would be HIV- people. I doubt that after telling somebody "I am HIV+" that their response would be "NO! I don't believe you! Prove it!"

    And, HIV prevention would probably be better off addressing the "first inch" rather than the "last inch".

    In any case, I hope your efforts do stimulate conversation which helps prevent infections.