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Mississippi: Health Department STD Detectives in Harrison County Have Tricky Jobs

October 22, 2012

When an individual tests positive for HIV/AIDS or syphilis in Harrison County, Mississippi, there are four workers for the state's lower six counties, who are charged with finding and notifying partners so that they can get tested and, it is hoped, prevent the disease from spreading further. The local disease intervention supervisors (DIS) handle only HIV/AIDS and syphilis cases and deal with about 60 cases per year. People's reactions to the news is often unpredictable. It can be tough news to break to some individuals, as local DIS must let them know that they have been exposed and need to be tested. In some instances, people can react violently.

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