Open Secrets: STD Warnings on the Web

There's a new kind of e-card being sent around, but it's an invitation no one ever wants to get. InSPOTLA.org a controversial website launched in mid-December by Los Angeles County, lets people e-mail their sexual partners a free, unsigned Internet postcard--with or without a personal note--stating that the sender has had HIV or another sexually transmitted disease diagnosed and that the recipient should get tested. Targeting gay men who meet online, the program is based on the original inSPOT.org website, which began in San Francisco more than a year ago to combat the syphilis epidemic in that...

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