Discreetly Tracking Down Sex Partners To Stop A Surge In STDs

Mary Horman (left), a registered nurse for Clackamas County, and Liz Baca, a disease intervention specialist for the county, search for the right address in an Oregon neighborhood. Part of their job is to get information to people who may have a serious, treatable infection, yet not realize it.

In response to a spike in syphilis and gonorrhea cases, one Oregon county is sending medical sleuths to break the bad news in-person. Some people have no idea they’ve been exposed to an infection.

(Image credit: Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB)