Jessica Robinson

3:31pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

So, You Have Gonorrhea. Who Tells Your Ex?

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 8:48 pm

Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

In an effort to stop a spate of gonorrhea outbreaks, at least one public health department in the Pacific Northwest is offering a helpful service to infected patients: anonymous notification of former sexual partners.

That's right. A government worker will track down and contact each ex for you. Awkward for all concerned? Yes. But at a time when gonorrhea is becoming stubbornly drug-resistant, health officials see it as time — and embarrassment — well spent.

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