Helpful Information to Identify Partners
When you talk with the Partner Services Specialist, you will be asked for some specific information, like your date of birth, home address or where you were tested. This helps the Partner Services Specialist make sure that they are talking to the right person, and not a friend or relative. This keeps your health information private.
The Partner Services Specialist will ask you several questions. It may seem like a lot, but this information is very helpful. It is important to give the Specialist as much information as you can.
There are many things to consider when you think about talking to your partners about their exposure to Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HIV. Your Partner Services Specialist can help you decide how to talk to your partners.
Your health and safety are very important. If you do not feel comfortable talking with your partners because you think that they might hurt you, it is important to not to tell them about an STD/HIV exposure, or at least wait until a later time. The Partner Services Specialists are trained to work with situations like this. They are a great resource for you to use.
You can also notify their partners about exposure to HIV and STDs using an anonymous online service called inSPOT. InSPOT is a website-based STD/HIV partner notification service that lets residents anonymously notify their sex partners about their exposure and that they should seek STD/HIV testing and/or medical care. The website also lets people enter their ZIP code and find a testing location of their choice.
In order to contact your partners that need to be notified, information on your partners will be collected. This includes your partners':
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- E-mail address
- Facebook or MySpace screen name(s)
- Chat screen name(s)
- Other website profile name(s)
- Physical description, e.g., hair color, height or weight, scars, tattoos
The more information that the Specialist has, the faster your partners can be notified. Share as much information as you can about your partners. Specialists will use a physical description to make sure that they are talking to the right person.