12/16/2005

You’ve got mail, and maybe gonorrhea

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:51 am

You’ve got mail–and possibly gonorrhea, HIV or another sexually transmitted disease.

E-mail sent through Web sites launched in Los Angeles and San Francisco is providing people with a free, sometimes anonymous, way to tell their casual sex partners that they might have picked up more than they bargained for.

Los Angeles County health officials launched InSpotLA this week in a bid to reduce the rapidly rising spread of STDs by encouraging sexually active men and women to get tested.

“This is another opportunity for people to disclose STD exposure to partners because sometimes people don’t always have that face-to-face opportunity, or that level of relationship,” Karen Mall, director of prevention and testing at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said Thursday.

“Partner disclosure is where we really have the opportunity to break the chain of HIV infection,” Mall said.

Source: News.com

 

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