We are in the midst of a syphilis epidemic in Hamilton County. The disease has been found in disproportionately high numbers among African Americans (80 percent of confirmed cases in the past two years), with the highest numbers occurring in the 15-24 years-of-age group (44 percent of cases).
The incidence of syphilis in our (Hamilton County) population is five-10 times higher than that of other urban areas in Ohio. Not only syphilis, but all STDs in Hamilton County are high compared to the rest of the state (and the rest of the country, for that matter). Our area is fortunate in that we have one of best healthcare networks in the country. We have great resources in our regional health care system, to help us partner and work to reverse these trends.
It is often mistakenly believed that syphilis and other STD cases are confined to the inner city. While the majority of cases are visible in urban areas, there is no doubt that syphilis is present throughout the County. This epidemic is a problem that affects all of us in the region. Source: http://www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org/3rd_2012.htm