After you have sex, "Tell Them"...anonymously!

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    Sep 09, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
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    http://inspot.org/





    Better yet..."keep it wrapped" and you can mitigate the risk of getting STDs in the first place.
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    Sep 09, 2013 8:16 PM GMT
    So, nobody here would either:
    1. Tell their partner if they got an STD.
    2. Want to know (if if anonymously) if a partner may have transmitted to them an STD.

    CDC statistics show the greatest rise in new STD infections among the 13-24 and 24-30 M2M crowd.

    Do you think guys have their heads up your their just merrily barebacking along without consequence?

    Is an anonymous service like this something you would use, or want somebody to use if they may have given you a bug?
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    Sep 09, 2013 8:37 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidSo, nobody here would either:
    1. Tell their partner if they got an STD.
    2. Want to know (if if anonymously) if a partner may have transmitted to them an STD.

    CDC statistics show the greatest rise in new STD infections among the 13-24 and 24-30 M2M crowd.

    Do you think guys have their heads up your their just merrily barebacking along without consequence?

    Is an anonymous service like this something you would use, or want somebody to use if they may have given you a bug?


    The anonymous service sounds like it would be as effective as an online forum. Anonymity gives others the ability to troll someone and scare the crap out of them, in this case.

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    Sep 09, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    I did once receive something like that, though it was a while ago.

    The County Health Department has a "Manhunt" account, and probably other sites as well. They use it to send private messages to the contacts of guys who turn up positive for some STD, without revealing exactly who it was. Of course, given the expansive nature of my hook-up list that year, it was obvious who it was.

    They also have a bounty program - probably funded by some sort of grant - where they give you some trick-cards to hand out. Your trick presents it at the testing center and gets a cash card for $25 that he can spend at several places around town. You also get one, after he gets tested. (Um... I believe that you are not actually required to have sex with the guy(s). You just have to get him to the center.)
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
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    GAMRican saidSo, nobody here would either:
    1. Tell their partner if they got an STD.
    2. Want to know (if if anonymously) if a partner may have transmitted to them an STD.

    CDC statistics show the greatest rise in new STD infections among the 13-24 and 24-30 M2M crowd.

    Do you think guys have their heads up your their just merrily barebacking along without consequence?

    Is an anonymous service like this something you would use, or want somebody to use if they may have given you a bug?


    The anonymous service sounds like it would be as effective as an online forum. Anonymity gives others the ability to troll someone and scare the crap out of them, in this case.



    @MIL - Yes, and the Ts&Cs of the site address this unintended and sad use of the site.

    It is my hope that more people use the service as intended than for the few who will troll.
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    Here is a peer-reviewed article from the PLOS Medicine Open Access Medical Journal regarding inSPOT: The First Online STD Partner Notification System Using Electronic Postcards

    From the articleIn 2004, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), and Internet Sexuality Information Services (ISIS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, conducted needs assessment and community discussions with G/MSM in San Francisco and determined that most men told their primary partners when they were diagnosed with an STD (either by themselves or with the help of a public health investigator), but despite good intentions, they did not tell their casual sex partners. Men overwhelmingly said that if there were an easy, convenient, and anonymous way to inform their partners of their potential disease exposure, they would use it. ISIS then developed inSPOT (http://www.inSPOT.org/), a peer-to-peer, Web-based, STD partner notification system, in partnership with SFDPH and a local community advisory board. inSPOT is a Web site that uses electronic postcards (e-cards) to assist people in disclosing an STD diagnosis to their sex partner(s).
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    Sep 10, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    And, here's an 2008 article on MSNBC about inSPOT

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/27205681/ns/health-sexual_health/t/std-postcards-youve-got-mail-more/#.Ui6Lwa5Wt2M