Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Got an STD? How To Anonymously Alert Your Sex Partner

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By Toni Sims

Need to notify your lover that they should get tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD)? Well, send them an anonymous message! Yep, that’s right, you heard me.

In today’s world of internet communication, letting your sexual partner(s) know that you have intentionally or unintentionally exposed them to an STD can now be done at the tap of a button. Mobile apps, and online application tools make it easy for you to anonymously inform your bedmates (past or present) of your situation via text message or email.

I know what you’re thinking… this is not the most polite way to broach the subject, but STD conversations can be very awkward. The creation of these anonymous STD testing tools not only make it easier for people to recommend testing to their bedmates, but they also pave the way for people to be truthful and honest- even if it is behind a Wi-Fi connection.

Online STD Tools

There are tons of web-based services that allow people to anonymously alert at-risk partner(s) of the need to get tested for STDs. For example, online companies like STDcheck.com, So They can Know, Don’t Spread It, and inSPOT, created a four step process to send anonymous messages to sexual partners of the infected person. Here’s an example on how STDcheck.com’s anonymous notification tool works:
• Step 1. Enter Phone Number Or email
• Step 2. Click Send
• Step 3. Partners Receive Message
• Step 4. They Get Tested

Mobile App

The free mobile application, Hula, provides a range of tools promoting STD awareness and testing. This state-of-the-art programming app supplies names, addresses, and information about local STD testing services like clinic hours and pricing, and etc. Once you receive your STD results on your cell phone, users have the ability to store and share their verified STD status with friends, allowing them to see the results on their digital devices (smart phones, laptops, iPads, etc.). Hula also let users read customer reviews and experiences with Yelp.com.

CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the benefits of these digital tools that encourage people to share their results with others and make them more aware of the need to be tested. Anonymous STD notification tools are even more essential today as more individuals look to mobile apps and online dating services for sexual relationships.
These cluster of digital tools may also help cut down the number of STD cases if they reduce the stigma associated with a positive STD diagnosis and encourage getting treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

Pros and Cons:

The idea of sending an anonymous STD alert has its pros and cons; check out the list below:

Pros:
• The sender remains anonymous
• Being anonymous may give the sender the courage needed to notify their sex partner(s)
• Preventing the spread of STDs by recommending testing
• The receiver gets tested, treated, and cured (unless it’s an incurable virus like HIV)

Cons:
• It’s Impersonal
• Abusing the system by using the messages to scare and harass people
• There is no way to know that those who receive the alert were actually exposed to the STD
• Privacy issues
If you believe you may have exposed someone to STDs, use the online Anonymous Notification Tool today.


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Bio:

Toni Sims is a senior web content writer with STDcheck.com, an online STD testing service. At its core, STDcheck.com is a technology company that has broken the barriers of traditional healthcare. The firm is helping unite the intersection of healthcare and ecommerce, and by doing so, has been able to deliver higher quality of care to health consumers, as well as contributing to the new age of healthcare.








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