According to this News.com story, Web sites launched in Los Angeles and San Francisco will send your casual sex partner(s) an e-mail, telling them that they might have gonorrhea, HIV, or another sexually transmitted disease: "You've got mail, and maybe gonorrhea."
Karen Mall, the director of prevention and testing at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, explains, "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."
Here is an example of one of the e-cards that features a picture of a bare-chested man: "It's not what you brought to the party, it's what you left with. I left with an STD. You might have one, too. Get checked out soon." I don't know about you, but I would be completely appalled if I received an e-mail or e-card that said I may have an SDT. While I understand that "partner disclosure is the opportunity to break the chain of HIV (or other STD) infection," I'd much rather receive a virus over the Internet, any day of the week!
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.