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E-cards to warn of STD exposure
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Got unhappy STD news? Break it with an e-card
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thales
Oct 22, 2008
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blackkodiak
Oct 22, 2008
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Fuck. I dreamed up this idea years ago, and laughed it off dismissingly.

"You've got AIDS!"

 
thales
Oct 23, 2008
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Rebuttal to: globalsyrup Show

The idea, as I understand it, is that being exposed to an STD implies that the person has engaged in high-risk behavior (unsafe sex). The point isn't necessarily whether they contracted the disease; it's that now you "know" that the person takes more risks, and therefore should be paying more in premiums.

 
vancam
Oct 22, 2008
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It would seem to me that providing the means to help prevent further infection is a good thing.... however, my major concern is how the data that would be collected by a service like this could be used.

I remember a while ago reading a story about insurance companies trying to get access to medical data about individuals who had had HIV check ups. The insurance companies would raise the risk if someone had a check up. The danger there of course is that people avoid getting check ups for fear of jeopardising their insurance status.

medical data must be protected and a web service like this must provide a best practice data protection policy.

 
vancam
Oct 24, 2008
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Here's an interesting article I read today that is related to this discussion...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7688268.stm

 
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thales
Oct 22, 2008
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Rebuttal to: vancam Show

Incidentally, that's why the rape crisis clinic I used to work at advised against HIV tests as part of the rape exam. You wouldn't find out if you'd been infected by that encounter anyway...and the information would then be on file. Lose-lose...-lose, actually.

 
globalsyrup
Oct 23, 2008
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Rebuttal to: vancam Show

Really? That's crazy about the insurance company using testing data against concerned individuals. I guess that's why there are anonymous home-testing HIV kits available.

But this site simply sends a warning that the person might have possibly contracted something. Nothing can be held against a patient as almost everything is treatable, except for HIV. I guess, in that case it's best to send a nonspecific STD threat card.

A great idea I think.

 
dueonmaplestreet
Jan 17, 2009
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Just take your own f***ing initiative and send an email and that way noone is "tracking" your unsafe sexual practices.

 


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