Sexually Transmitted Identification

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The Internet consistently has new tools for creating interpersonal connections. Some of these tools expedite the process of finding new sexual partners outside of one’s current social network. These tools also decrease the usefulness of social methods for self-protection like reputation and hasten the spread of sexually transmitted infections (“STIs”).

Sexually non-monogamous people need a way to make up for the loss of social methods to determine those who are more likely to have STIs. They could engage in more monogamy or consistently have safe sex, but these methods are not working today. Alternatively, a new system could increase the amount of sexual health data available to potential partners. Adding this technology to existing relationship and hookup websites offers an opportunity to protect people from contracting STIs.1

This article discusses how a sexual health identification system with strong privacy measures, combined with existing relationship and hookup websites would increase sexual safety. Section II of this article describes the history of safe sex including existing morality-based solutions to protect people against the transmission of STIs. Section III describes the problem of internet hookup sites and identifies existing safe sex websites and improvements they need. Section IV describes relevant existing technologies in other fields and the privacy problems therein. Section V presents an idea for a successful implementation of a sexual health identification system that includes an advanced private key infrastructure and biometric identification linked to a secure database with recent STI results and reputation data for potential partners. Section VI describes how the widespread use of this technology could change the legal framework for torts involving the spread of STIs and the legal liability related to this identification system. Finally, Section VII shows how in comparison to the cost of treatment, this idea makes financial sense.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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