Health program specialist Anna Halloran with the Spokane Regional Health District is helping prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea or chlamydia one phone call at a time.
Halloran makes the calls others can't or don't want to make and the person on the other line should take a moment to listen.
"Reactions really vary. Some people just kind of take it in stride. Some people cry. Some people are really angry and may want to know who exposed them to an infection," she said.
Halloran is the only one in the city of Spokane who has the job of calling people who may have been exposed to gonorrhea or chlamydia. It's tough news to drop on someone but it's also a conversation that's better to have sooner rather than later.
"It's not something I went to school for," Halloran said.
Unfortunately, with an outbreak of gonorrhea in Spokane County right now, she's been making those calls a lot more frequently recently.
"A lot of people do talk to their partners. I would say the majority talk to their partners and help insure they get taken care of," she said.