E-cards Provide Notification of Possible Exposure of STDs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/22/08

E-cards Provide Notification of Possible Exposure of STDs

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E-cards are fun to open when they bring birthday or other greetings, but health officials in California say nearly 50,000 e-cards have been sent to residents to notify them that they have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease.

Researchers in California say this program is a public health necessity. It started with a website in 2005 that provides free STD cards to make it easier for one person to break the news to another that they have been exposed. Since then, the program has expanded to include nine states and three countries and health officials say 30,000 people have learned they have an STD as a result of one of these e-cards.

The e-cards also tell how people can get tested to find out for sure. The most common STDs the e-cards notify about are Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV and Chlamydia. For more information, (click here). 

This study was led by researchers at Internet Sexuality Information Services in California and published in the journal PLoS Medicine.

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