Ohio counties experience hike in syphilis rates
Ohio news channel ONNtv recently reported that the prevalence of syphilis in two of the state's counties has skyrocketed since 2010.
Public health officials told the news source that in 2010, there were just 26 cases of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) in Dayton and Montgomery counties, while numbers collected from 2011 reveal a total of 70 cases.
"Anytime you have a large metropolitan area with a lot of cases going around it’s going to ripple out to some surrounding areas. Our problem is not only Cincinnati, we also get cases from Columbus and other large areas," Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health spokesperson Bill Wharton told the news source.
Cincinnati health officials disagreed, saying that there is little supporting data to Wharton's claim.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that syphilis tends to have vague symptoms, if any appear at all. Typically, the STD causes sores on the mouth, vagina or anus.
As a result, individuals should remember to practice safer sex by using condoms and getting tested regularly for STDs.