I’m not even sure how to approach this story that I came across on CNN.com the other day.
In fact, I think the only want to do it is to put up some paragraphs from this story:
Breaking up over e-mail is a social no-no.
But sending an e-card telling someone to get tested for STDs may be a public health courtesy.
A California-based nonprofit allows users to send free e-cards notifying their sexual partners to get tested for STDs.
Um..say heffa say what??
Since 2004, a free Web site, inSpot.org has allowed users to anonymously notify their partners to get tested for STDs such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
It may not be the most personal way of delivering the news, but researchers say it beats not saying anything at all.
“When you weigh the importance of getting people notified, that’s ultimately what needs to be done,” said Jeffrey D. Klausner, director of STD Prevention and Control Services in San Francisco, California’s Department of Public Health. “By notifying them — even if it’s done anonymously, even distantly, even with an e-card — the benefits of getting someone diagnosed and treated outweigh the concerns of insensitivity.”
The electronic cards deliver the news in a variety of styles. Some are flirty: “You’re too hot to be out of action. I got diagnosed with an STD since we played. You might want to get checked too.”
Some are somber: “Who? What? When? Where? It doesn’t matter. I got an STD; you might have it too. Please get checked out.”
Oh no she didn’t! Oh no she didn’t!
I don’t know about you all but I can’t IMAGINE getting an e-card that suggests I get tested for an STD from somebody. Granted, if they come down with something then its great that they let me know that perhaps I should find out for myself…but these cards kind of lend a light heart to what could be a burning problem.
Truly, it is important that people get tested. But if I got this e-card:
You’re hot! But you may be hotter after what I just found out. I have an STD and its lighting me up. You should go get checked since we fooled around the other night and got real free with one another!
Or perhaps this one:
You’re so great I want to applaud you. Unfortunately, I may also have given you just a single clap. STD’s aren’t a joke, go get tested!
Or worse yet, how about the direct approach:
I’ve got syphilis now. What about you? You should go find out!
I just might be ready to lick off a shot or two!
My people, my people, what in the hell would you do if you got an e-card from somebody suggesting that you get tested for an STD? Would you be mad that this was the route being taken or just be happy they let you know?
And because I’m going to Hell, let’s come up with some cards of our own!
Now make it clap.
-VSB P aka TANGLE JIG P aka THE ARSONIST