By Angelice Romero| Staff Writer|
Qpid.me, an STD test and vaccination result database, has good intentions but with all its limitations, I see it to be a pointless website.
This website holds your test results and vaccination records until you want them to be sent to you through text message so that you can personally share the information with someone else.
Their goal is to take the awkwardness out of talking about STD’s when dating someone new. Also to be a form of verification when deciding whether to sleep with someone for the first time. Instead of “Yeah I’m clean,” you can actually verify test results and vaccinations through Qpid.me’s services.
According to the website, the only way someone will know is if you text the company and get the information through the text.
You could forward or show the person the information but otherwise another person will not know your results.
On the “Our Philosophy” page, the website’s creator, Ramin Bastani, wrote, “We enable you to privately share your STD status however you choose. We believe that sharing is a good thing and that it can lead to better sexual health decisions, more (safe) sex and fewer STDs.”
It is great to have your records easily accessible, but if people are not disclosing this information, then what’s the point?
In theory, this all sounds great but we should look at this realistically.
We know that every once in a while, Facebook breaches their privacy contract and every once in a while a “secure” website gets hacked.
Although they are stating that no one will get this information, this is still personal, serious, life changing information you are sharing with this website.
Aside from privacy, there is still always the issue of honesty.
A person who is infected with hepatitis does not have to disclose their information with anyone if they don’t want to.
The purpose of the website is to spread love and nothing else, but if people do not want to tell their history, then the purpose is pointless.
It clearly states on the website that sharing their medical records is encouraged but not required.
Qpid.me is trying to keep people safe but it is still not enough.
CSUSB has over 16,000 students, so STD testing is something we should all take seriously.
Safe sex and testing is promoted throughout this school which shows that this website could become a hit on college campuses, but it is a scary subject to deal with.
If someone ends up wanting to having a one-night stand, it might be a hassle to text Qpid.me, get the information, share it with your partner and then proceed with the night.
In reality, this website is just holding the results hostage.
If the only person who can see and share your information is you, what’s the point?