‘A sexual partner has recommended you get tested for STDs. Please visit STDcheck.com/notify and get tested as soon as possible.’
This is just one of the texts you can receive from the various online services that allow for individuals to anonymously tell their previous partners they’ve been diagnosed with an STI and that they should get tested too.
The services — which include sites like STD Check, Don’t Spread It, What’s Your Number, Better to Know — let you enter a previous partner’s cell phone number or email and will kindly inform them to get tested for STIs. Some sites even allow you to click on which infections the person should be on the look out for.
With online dating services making sexual partners more easily accessible than ever, it’s easy to see the benefits of this type of service. For one, it allows an individual to remain anonymous, so for those who remain silent due to stigma, it’s an easier way to stop the spread of infection. On the other hand, others argue that it is a magnet for pranks.
Would you be tempted to hit send?