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inSPOT: Partner Notification Service

 

Thousands of people are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every year in BC. When someone has an STI, it is important that their sex partners be tested as well, in order to stop the spread of infection.

inSPOT (inspot.org) is an online partner notification service for individuals diagnosed with STIs. Developed in San Francisco in 2004 and implemented in sites across North America, inSPOT lets people send electronic postcards (“e-cards”) to their sex partners to tell them that they should get tested for STIs.

inSPOT is free and is easy to use. Visitors to the inSPOT website can select and send an e-card to up to 6 partners at a time, and senders have the option of remaining anonymous. Through the website, visitors can also find a comprehensive and up-to-date list of STI and HIV testing locations in their area, as well as information on specific STIs and treatment.

In Canada, inSPOT has been customized for Ottawa, Toronto, and now for British Columbia. There are many ways in BC that people tell their partners that they need to get tested for STIs, including telling them directly themselves, or with the assistance of public health nurses or other health care providers. inSPOT provides an additional and optional tool that people can use to notify their partners themselves when they know their partners’ e-mail address.

inSPOT is owned and operated by Internet Sexuality Information Services, a non-profit agency based in San Francisco. The BC portion of the inSPOT website is supported by the BC Online Sexual Health Services Program at the BC Centre for Disease Control. If you have questions about inSPOT, or would like to request printed promotional materials (such as wallet cards or posters), please contact inspot@bccdc.ca.

Please note that inSPOT is a US-based website and is subject to US laws. The static IP addresses of visitors to this site will be collected as part of routine website operations; this information will be stored for a maximum of 2 weeks, during which time it is subject to US laws. The BCCDC has no access to or control over this information. 

Last Updated: August 29, 2012