Is an E-card an appropriate way to tell someone that you’ve exposed them to an STD?

The headline reads Got an STD? Inform Your Partners by E-Card. The ecard service is provided by InSpot, a website project developed by Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (I.S.I.S). The organization claims to be dedicated to “developing and using Internet technologies to prevent disease transmission and enhance the sexual well-being of individuals and communities”; but is an ecard an appropriate way to tell someone you might have exposed them to a sexually transmitted disease?

If you received an ecard that read “No one wants to be the bearer of bad news…but I got diagnosed with STDs (You might have one, too),” would you feel gratitude toward the sender for at least letting you know? Telling someone you might have exposed them to an STD via an ecard seems a little bit cowardly and almost borders on cruel.

As one individual responding to the article written by Lindsay Lyon for writes:

You’re kidding right?

Wow what a great way to mess up someone you really dislike. Send one to your boss’s wife, his children, or his parents. How about sending one to an ex girl friend, ex spouse? This is not a good idea it’s absurd and stupid.

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