One of the core activities in most departments of health across north America is something called Partner Services.
When a person tests positive for a HIV or another sexually transmitted infection, by law, their test results are reported to the department of health (DOH). This is done to try and stop the spread of the infection through something called ‘disease intervention’.
The theory is that if you know who has been infected with a sexually transmitted disease you can stop the spread by getting their partners tested and treated before they spread the infection.
This strategy makes a great deal of common sense; find out who has the infection, find out who may have been exposed, and stop the spread.
In the past, nurses and disease interventions specialists (DIS), received real names and addresses for partners and they would contact them in person or by phone. With more and more people using screen names and email addresses for hooking up, real names and addresses are not always known, so when people who test positive for an infection are interviewed they often provide screen names and websites for their sex partners. (e.g. bi_g_bo_y123 on Adam4Adam).
This means that the only way a person can find out that they may have been exposed to an infection is by being contacted through the website.
Adam4Adam has allowed departments of health to create profiles and contact members who have been exposed to an infection for years, and in doing so we have helped stop the spread of infections. But we want to know what you think.
Would you tell your fuck buddies that you tested positive for an infection?
Would you want someone to notify your partners anonymously?
Do you believe in a buyer-be-ware world, where you take the risk and get what you get?
What are your thoughts on disease intervention and partner services on websites?