If you have had unprotected sex with another guy and you later discover that you have a sexually transmitted infection, it’s important that you notify anyone you may have had unprotected sex with as soon as possible to help limit the spread of sexually transmitted infections to others. There are online services which are designed specifically for this purpose to help make this process easier.

Finding out that you have a sexually transmitted infection is not fun, but knowing that you have contracted a sexually transmitted infection gives you the knowledge to take care of yourself along with the ability to notify anyone who you believe you may have exposed to a potential infection. It is responsible to tell other people who you may have potentially exposed to a sexually transmitted infection so they have the knowledge to get themselves checked out and receive treatment, plus help prevent them from spreading anything to anyone else.

It is possible that you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection from another person you had sex with and they may not even be aware that they are infected, so a notification service is really important to help contain any potential spreads to other people. Communication is important in many aspects of our lives and the immediacy of the internet can help us communicate with other people quickly and easily, which is why online sexually transmitted infection notification services are useful tools.

inSPOT STD Internet Notification Service for Partners or Tricks is an online notification service for people living in American Samoa, Canada, Guam, North Mariana, Puerto Rico and the United States of America. This website allows people to select from a number of e-cards which can then be used to notify sexual partners that they need to get checked out for sexually transmitted infections as soon as possible. The website also includes excellent information including tips, advice and resources to help educate and inform visitors about sexually transmitted infections.

The Drama Downunder is an Australian based online notification service which allows guys to send either an SMS (short message service) or an e-card depending on whether you have his mobile phone number or his email address. There is also a section at this website which helps those who have received a notification to help them know what to do next and also provides the contact details for clinics available throughout Australia along with information about sexually transmitted infections.

It is important to understand that some sexually transmitted infections are curable while others are treatable. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are curable sexually transmitted infections while genital warts, hepatitis B, herpes, HIV, non-gonococcal urethritis, pubic lice and scabies are treatable. If you want to learn more about sexually transmitted infections, you can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National STD Hotline with questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-227-8922 or 800-342-2437 or online.

As the online sexually transmitted infection notification services are a fairly recent online offering, hopefully further resources will be offered for people all around the world, not just for those in specific countries. It is still possible to notify others if you live in a part of the world not currently serviced by the online notification services, but you will need to use other methods to notify others to get themselves checked out.

References:

  1. inSPOT STD Internet Notification Service for Partners or Tricks
    http://www.inspot.org/
  2. The Drama Downunder
    http://www.thedramadownunder.info/notify/
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