In an age when many search for sex on the Internet, Los Angeles County health officials has unveiled a controversial tool to fight the spread of HIV and other diseases: a Web site that helps send anonymous e-mail warning people that they might be infected. Through the site, inSPOTLA.org, users can send a free, unsigned electronic postcard with a standard message or a personal note, thus avoiding an awkward conversation that many people would rather not have. The idea is to help people be more forthcoming with sexual partners so those at risk of sexually transmitted diseases get tested and practice safer sex.
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