'Charlie Sheen Effect' Seen in Online Search for HIV Symptoms and Testing, Study Says

Researchers and doctors found that the actor's announcement that he had been diagnosed with HIV corresponded with the largest number of HIV-related searches on Google in the U.S.
1:16 | 02/22/16

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Transcript for 'Charlie Sheen Effect' Seen in Online Search for HIV Symptoms and Testing, Study Says
Let's turn now to health news there's something kind of interesting you may have heard about the researchers out west to come up with the phrase the Charlie Sheen back something that they noticed happening recently out there for more on our gonna turn to our health quarter. Gillian and he joins us here in the near him laughing to comment yes thanks so much as to what and we need to know. So basically what researchers found is that people really searching for HIV symptoms and testing now. After Charlie Sheen came out and talked about his answers thinking VE. And up to more than 200% increase equal searches for on the HIV testing and 500% increase for HIV symptoms and that the huge deal because. Up to twelve point 8% of people when they Jamie don't know they have it. And people go over five years about realizing that they have HIV so starting on that there was this correlation between the time when she actually came out and Sharon that he was HIV positive in people taking action and people searching for the information carrots definitely could be a huge impact in helping. It's heavier or creating awareness about it or care. It's incredible and this is where and that this is an act California and it's coming out the journal of the American medical news. This morning threat warning that they got some breaking news on the health front and for more on the richter has ever in the online to check out the story at abcnews.com. And.

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