inSPOT: Innovative Health Communication Technology

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To be honest, you have to be in a spot of bother before you choose to use inSPOT but in our generation, it is a rather common issue to be addressed.

Sexually transmitted disease.

There now I am sure I got you attention… didn’t I? No? Then take a look at this:

5cf9a659-3e23-4ed1-af9b-b875934a7dad_main Ah. How’s that now?

So I got tipped off about this new website which is a wonderful way to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. It is an anonymous way of sending your sexual partners an anonymous e-card to let them know that they should consider getting tested for (?specific) sexually transmitted diseases if you end up catching one.

inspotLogo Now we are all aware of the issue of stigma which is associated with the diagnosis of a sexually transmitted diseases. This often makes a real world admission difficult, especially because it may raise several uncomfortable questions. However, using the cloak of anonymity that has long empowered the trolls in various internet forums, it is a good way to get word out to people who may be at risk.

Having multiple sexual partners simultaneously is not a good idea, but human promiscuity is as old as human civilization itself and say what the Pope might, it is not going to change. We need to accept this mundane fact and then devise methods around it in order to do damage control.

This site not only acts as the public health form of Hallmark’s, but also dispenses information regarding the closest center to get tested when a user keys in their location. This geo-specific functionality of the site is limited to a few countries (USA and Canada, from what I see) but it is an idea which is ripe for expansion!

Whilst I would surely hate to end up getting one of these, I would rather know it this way than find it out the hard way.

Once again, health information technology comes to save the day. Looks like someone’s got a lotta cards to send!


Skeptic Oslerphile, Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!


  1. This is quite clever! Let’s just hope that I’ll never have to send or receive these. I wonder if it’ll spread to England, as I’m sure many people here could put it to good use.

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