In Brazil, You've Got Mail—and Possibly an STD

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2009 6:48 PM CDT
One of the e-cards.   (Brazilian Health Ministry)
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(Newser) – The Brazilian Health Ministry has created a website to let people inform partners they've got a sexually transmitted disease via an emailed virtual postcard. The official in charge of the ministry's STD and AIDs programs notes that many have a hard time telling partners they're infected—and that the emails may help people "to tackle these diseases directly and with minimum exposure."

One of the cards shows a young man reclining in his underwear. It reads: "Hi! I don't know if this is the best way to tell you, but I've learned that I have an STD." The card suggests the recipient see a doctor.