Saratoga Springs marketing firm spreads word about spread of sexual infections

Mark Mulholland
Updated: February 11, 2020 06:39 PM
Created: February 11, 2020 06:07 PM

ALBANY - At first glance, they look like typical Valentine's cards, but a closer look reveals these aren't from Hallmark.

"Roses are red, violets are blue. My infection was asymptomatic. I swear I had no clue," Donna Vancavage from the Alliance for Positive Health reads a couple of them aloud.


"Hey, little devil, you give me fever, but your untreated gonorrhea gives me the chills."

There are about a dozen of them in all. Printed versions and easily shareable e-cards.

They're the work of Saratoga Springs-based Fingerpaint on behalf of Alliance for Positive Health, the Albany-based service organization that's trying to stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

"This stuff is real, it's out there, numbers are increasing tremendously over the last few years," said Jeff Hotaling, testing services coordinator for the Alliance.

Hotaling says they tested 1,000 people for STIs last year, nearly double the total from the year before.

If the messages on the cards seem a little in your face, they're supposed to.

"It's uncomfortable for a lot of people probably, but so is having an STI," said Vancavage. "It is uncomfortable, but the reality is, we want people to get tested. We want them to know their status. We don't want any of these diseases transmitted to anyone."

If there's someone you know who should be tested and you're not sure how to approach it, Hotaling has some simple advice.

"I would give them these cards."

All of the cards can be found at the link below.

MORE INFORMATION: Protect Valentine's Day

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