Everyone, from Brian Alexander at MSNBC.com to iVillagers on our Make Him Moan message board, is talking about the new Internet service, inSPOT, a service that lets people send past sexual partners e-mails to tell them, "Hey, haven't talked to you for a while! Oh, by the way, I'm pretty sure I gave you an STD." And did I mention the e-mails are anonymous? Alexander writes:
"The site, www.InSPOT.org , is a way for people newly diagnosed with an STD to notify their partners to be tested, too. The e-cards, a sort of greeting card you'd rather not receive, are direct and to the point. 'Who? What? When? Where?' one available e-card begins. 'It doesn't matter. I got an STD; you might have it, too. Please get checked out.' Recipients can then click links to learn more about STDs, possible treatments, and clinics in their cities where they can be tested."My initial reaction was that the anonymity was a complete cop-out. But then I reconsidered. It's very common for people to pass on an STD before knowing they have it; it's usually not intentional or spiteful (though, granted, it's often irresponsible). Plus, it's better for someone to tell a past sexual partner anonymously than not tell them at all! Do you agree?