Today the Times meets up with the stellar Dr. Susan Blank, who's tracking down the syph for the Department of Public Health. She's a little bit of heaven!

She used street lingo to describe the impotence that follows crystal-meth drug use and the change in male sexual position that such use sometimes prompts. Dr. Blank then stared at this reporter's tape recorder.

"Oh, I'm sorry," she said. "Burn it when you're done. Put it in a bag when you leave."

She said what now?

Confronting Syphilis, Quite Candidly [NYT]