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The Charlie Sheen effect on HIV prevention

In 2015 actor Charlie Sheen publicly disclosed he was HIV-positive. For some time scientists and advocates have recognized the importance of celebrity in public health. Could Sheen's disclosure, albeit tragic, generate renewed national attention for HIV and HIV prevention, providing an important public health benefit?


Graphic: Blood samples marked as HIV-positive

A new study led by SDSU professor John W. Ayers finds that Charlie Sheen's HIV-positive disclosure corresponded with record levels of public engagement with HIV and HIV prevention; © Takahase Segundo