Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I got Herpes! Have A Great Day

I don't know what to think about this one, but it's working for a lot of people.

inSpot.org an e-card machine that gives folks the ability to tell others about their STIs. 50,000 e-cards have been sent through a free Web site since 2004 and more people are using their services. For example:

At Magnet, a gay men's health center in San Francisco, some of the men send the inSPOT e-cards using the computers there after learning they have an STD, said Steve Gibson, the center's director.

"Whether it's using inSPOT or an online chat room, it's a useful tool, because sometimes it's the only way they know to reach them," Gibson said.

"We don't have a lot of people expressing reluctance sending or receiving the e-mails," he said. "Maybe San Francisco guys are wired and connected, getting e-mails, Twitters and texts. Maybe we're permeated with enough technology. There's not a bias or reluctance against it."

But really, would you want to know about a STI in an e-card or in person.

I guess knowing is half the battle.


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