The ‘Charlie Sheen effect’ boosted AIDS awareness, study says

first_img Related: Given historic trends, there were almost 3 million more searches about HIV on Nov. 17 than expected, and more than 1 million were related to important public health messages because they included search terms for condoms, HIV symptoms, or HIV testing. The study doesn’t list the total number of HIV-related searches that day on Google. About the Author Reprints “While no one should be forced to reveal HIV status, Sheen’s disclosure may benefit public health by helping many people learn more about HIV infection and prevention,” the researchers wrote in a report published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.They analyzed Google trends data along with news trends from a Bloomberg LP terminal system from 2004 through three weeks after Sheen’s announcement.advertisement Watch: Charlie Sheen’s doctor wants you to know he’s no Hollywood quack HealthThe ‘Charlie Sheen effect’ boosted AIDS awareness, study says — Lindsey Tanner Related: Actor Charlie Sheen was called a lot of things during his bad-boy days. Until now, public health promoter wasn’t one of them.Sheen’s revelation that he’s infected with the AIDS virus prompted the greatest number of HIV-related Google searches recorded in the United States since 2004, and more than 1 million of them involved public health-related information.That’s according to a new study from San Diego State University research professor John Ayers and colleagues, who examined the impact of the announcement Nov. 17 by the former star of TV’s “Two and a Half Men.”advertisement Andrew Burton/Getty Images Could safer porn promote safer sex? By Associated Press Feb. 22, 2016 Reprints The researchers also found there were more than 6,500 HIV-related news stories — not counting duplicates from the same news source — on Google News alone on Nov. 17, reversing a decade-long decline in news reporting about the virus.Sheen’s tumultuous professional and personal life has made news before — for public outbursts, drug and alcohol use, and prostitution. The study didn’t look at the online impact of those headlines.The researchers noted that former NBA star Magic Johnson sparked increased HIV awareness when he disclosed his own infection, in 1991, before the Internet was so ubiquitous. They said public health authorities could leverage the “Charlie Sheen effect” to keep the spotlight on HIV awareness, and that Sheen’s disclosure could potentially have a greater impact because of how connected people are to information.About 1 million people nationwide are HIV-infected but government estimates say about 150,000 of them don’t know it — emphasizing the importance of better awareness, Ayers said.A journal editorial says public health authorities face a challenge when blockbuster celebrity health news surfaces, and need to make sure useful health information is easily accessible to consumers at such moments. Associated Press Tags AIDSCharlie SheenHIVlast_img read more

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Attempted rape trial begins at High Court

first_imgLocalNews Attempted rape trial begins at High Court by: Dominica Vibes News – June 13, 2016 Tweet Sharing is caring! 803 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share A six female, one male jury will decide the fate of a man from the south of the island who was indicted on three counts of sexual assault at the High Court of Justice in Roseau on Monday 13 June 2016.When the defendant appeared before High Court Judge Justice Errol Thomas, he pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual connection and one count of indecent assault on an eighty-four (84) year old woman.The prosecution is represented by State Attorneys Carlita Benjamin, Sherma Dalrymple and the Director of Public Prosecutions Evalina Baptiste. The defendant, whose name cannot be released, does not have legal representation.According to information revealed in court by the Prosecution, the defendant entered the eighty-four year old’s house on the 31 of April 2014 in the early hours of the morning where he allegedly assaulted her.The trial is currently under way and the prosecution intends to call four witnesses.Meanwhile Kelvin Alexander and Omisi Odigie pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary and theft when their indictments were re-read to them at the High Court on Monday.The co-defendants allegedly burglarized Western Union at Roseau and stole two hundred and nineteen thousand, three hundred and two dollars and twenty six cents, ($219, 302. 26) in cash and cheques.Attorney at Law Zena Moore Dyer, who is representing Omisi Odigie, requested that the matter be traversed to the next criminal session and it was set for 4 October 2016.last_img read more

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