Health officials in Franklin County are working double time to spread the news that an outbreak of syphilis is at hand in Columbus, Ohio. According to reports, the number of syphilis cases in Franklin County over the last five years has experienced an alarming spike.
The statistics in depth
Compared to the national average, the syphilis cases documented in Franklin Country are twice as many. They have also increased three times over the past couple of years, which is a lot more than the syphilis rate surges in other parts of the state.
Furthermore, the increase is very noticeable in the African American population and the female population. There has been a 70% increase in the number of African American men who have syphilis and a 77% increase in the number of females who have become infected, and about 66% of those are African American.
Syphilis is a very serious sexually-transmitted disease brought about by bacteria that can be transmitted from one person to another through unprotected sex. Pregnant females who have syphilis can also pass the infection on to their kids and put their babies at risk.
It is important that men and women understand the importance of syphilis testing so that they can detect the infection early on. If you have been tested positive for syphilis, you can easily get treated with the use of antibiotic medication.
So, do not forget to get a syphilis test regularly, with your sex partner, to ensure that the both of you are in good health and free of syphilis.