Cincinnati-area STDs above national averages

CINCINNATI, Ohio  --(AP)-- A new report says Hamilton County has rates of sexually transmitted diseases well above national averages.

Hamilton County's syphilis rate is nearly nine times the national rate. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports other STDs also are more prevalent than national rates.

The report's author is emergency physician and Xavier University associate professor Eddie Hooker. He says STDs are a "mini-epidemic" and "horrible problem" that people don't like to discuss.

Hooker and Cincinnati health officials say there is a lack of money and manpower to keep up with the problem.

The report gauging Cincinnati-area health was released Monday and did have some positive news: deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke are all decreasing in the region.

Xavier, the United Way and a health collaborative compiled the information.

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