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The Charlie Sheen Effect

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Since that news breaking day that actor, Charlie Sheen revealed to the world that he was HIV positive something has happened with HIV testing…. It’s being dubbed the ‘Charlie Sheen Effect’.

After watching the interview and hearing one of the world’s well known actors utter the words, “I am HIV Positive.” HIV testing rates have increased. Sales in home tests kits have increased and doctors and health departments nationwide have seen a very large increase in those requesting to be tested. 

Researchers have estimated that over 8,000 more tests were sold weeks after the announcement than they expected. Celebrities have been known to spark a health care alert in their fans over the years, but is that enough?

Does revealing your medical diagnosis help or hinder the cause? There’s more to telling the world you’re HIV positive than it seems. Sadly Charlie Sheen found this out and quickly got himself the true education he needed. While relying on the herbal and holistic means of a “cure” and treatment he found out that it’s all good until it’s not doing what you expected. Going from undetectable to detectable can happen as fast as the blink of an eye.

The positive outcome of others getting tested has shined light on how celebrities truly do have an impact on how the world reacts to their influences.

You can visit Live Science to read more about the Charlie Sheen Effect:

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