At STDcheck, we had a record-breaking HIV test sales day on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, the day actor Charlie Sheen revealed his HIV-positive status on NBC’s “Today” show.
“Thus far, our record-breaking days have always been on a Monday following popular weekends or holidays, and none of them have ever been as large as the surge we saw on November 17,” Fiyyaz Pirani, founder and CEO of STDcheck.com, said. “We’ve ran the numbers over and over and we can’t find any other rhyme or reason behind why on a Tuesday our testing sales would rise the way they did other than it being the same day Charlie Sheen made his announcement to the media. It can’t just be a coincidence.”
Compared to testing sales on an average Tuesday, STDcheck’s sales volume on November 17 was elevated nearly 70 percent. The rise in HIV testing and all-inclusive STD testing sales has another interesting connection to Sheen’s broadcast:
“A huge number of our test sales on Tuesday were in Los Angeles and its surrounding area,” Pirani said. “Of course, whether our customers there were individuals who slept with Sheen or were just motivated to get tested in lieu of learning his status, we’ll never know. Regardless of why, Charlie Sheen clearly brought awareness to HIV and HIV testing.”
Our HIV testing only requires a very small blood sample, and we will get your results to you in 24-48 hours. In addition to our HIV antibody test, we offer an HIV RNA test that can detect HIV earlier than conventional testing; it can be given 9-11 days after exposure. Many of our customers last Tuesday purchased our 10-Test Panel, which evaluates for 10 sexually transmitted infections and diseases, including HIV types 1 and 2.
Sheen has brought awareness to HIV and HIV testing; it is not too late to get tested and learn your status. Get tested today.