A New Way To Share STI Status: Qpid.Me
Talking with a sex partner or a potential partner about your STI status can sometimes be tricky. For some folks, embarrassment or shame can make it difficult to bring the topic up. But I’ve also heard from people who have difficulty remembering when they got tested or what they were tested for. And people who are flirting online or using a dating website are sometimes unsure how to have that conversation when they aren’t face-to-face. Fortunately, a new, free service Qpid.me makes it much easier.
Here’s how it works. First, you get your STI tests. You’ll need to go to a clinic or doctor’s office where they have your name, so this won’t work if you go to an anonymous clinic. Then, set up a free account on Qpid.me. As part of the signup process, you’ll fill out the information for the website to send a fax to the doctor or clinic. The paperwork is HIPPA-compliant, so the office has to share the info. The fax asks for the test results for HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, chlamydia & syphilis and for the STIs where it’s relevant, it specifies whether the test was genital urine, oral, or anal. For people who are HIV-positive, it also asks for the viral load (which is linked to how likely someone is to pass HIV on). And it asks whether you’ve had the hepatitis A vaccine & the HPV vaccine, and if youhave the antibodies for hepatitis C.
Once the paperwork gets faxed back to the website, you’ll get a text message notification. After that, you can share your status with anyone by texting the website with the phone number or email address of the person you want to notify. They’ll get your results, along with a one-time-use link to the site. Here’s what the text message looks like (these are the test results of the founder of Qpid.me, which you can get through the website):
As you can see, it also shows when they were tested, which is good info to have. Of course, it’s possible for someone to be exposed after their most recent test, so it’s great that there’s a reminder of that. And the link shows all of your test results on the website.
While Qpid.me doesn’t cover all of the STIs, I do like the fact that it shows when someone was tested and for what. Plus, since the results are coming directly from the doctor, there’s no chance that someone misunderstands or misrepresents them. While it’s certainly not foolproof, it’s definitely a better way to keep track of STI status than not having it and if it makes it easier to share the information with someone or to start a safer sex conversation, I’m all for it.
So if you’re out in the dating world, here’s another tool to help reduce your risk. It’s super easy to use, and I think it’s worth checking out!