E-card Confessionals let people warn partners of STD's - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

E-card Confessionals let people warn partners of STD's

Syphilis, Ghonnorrea, Herpes, HIV...all are Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Enough perhaps to make some people celibate!

So what happens if you get an STD? You're supposed to tell your past and current partners. Maybe that's too much to handle, for that reason some people are turning to the internet.

The website, inspotla.org allows you to send an e-mail, anonymous if you like, to alert partners. Web designers created the site for lovers in L.A., but e-mails can be sent anywhere. A similar site in San Francisco generated 20,000 e-mails in just over a year.

The sites let you choose the specific STD or fill in the blank. Take one we found for example, which reads "it's not what you bring to the party, it's what you left with. I left with an STD. You might have, too. Get checked soon."

Once you choose and STD, you enter the e-mail address of partners and send the warning with your name or anonymously.

Samantha Brunner is one of those who doesn't think it's a good idea.

"I don't want to get an email, that's so impersonal. If you're going to be in a personal relationship that's kind of stupid," she said.

Barry Chase at Planned Parenthood test for STD's and while they don't endorse using email to spread the word, they do see it as a option of last resort.

"If my choice is to tell people by email or not to tell them there's no question it is better that people be informed," he said.

In Shelby County the number of people with Sexually Transmitted Diseases has increased over the years, but the people at the Shelby County Health Department say it's not really more people are contracting them but that record keeping is getting better.

Depending on the severity of the STD, a counselor at the health department will ask for names of partners, cal them up and maybe interview them in person. It's the personal touch instead of the wired way.

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