The mission of the four-person team is to encourage those who may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to get tested and treated so they're not at risk of passing the infection to others. They begin their work by talking to people who have tested positive for syphilis or HIV at one of the Center’s testing facilities, offering assistance contacting sexual partners.
“Our goal is to identify those who may have been exposed to an STI and encourage them to get tested,” says team leader Johnny Cross. “Even when someone is upset upon receiving our call, they usually end up saying thank you. These things are treatable. It’s really about educating, getting to the next person and trying to stop it from going further.”