May 6, 2020
Thanks to the latest foreign-language edition of our website, PFS awareness is alive and well and living freely in Russia.
Ditto those nations where Russian is an official or secondary language, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Now, speakers of the most popular native language in Europe can read all about post-finasteride syndrome (aka “Пост-финастеридный синдром”) in their native tongue. To access our Russian content, simply click the Russian flag to the left of the search box at the top of any PFSFoundation.org page.
The Russian edition comes just six months after we launched our Chinese edition, 13 months after launching our Spanish edition and 20 months after relaunching our flagship English edition. In that period, average monthly visitors to our site has risen more than 250 percent, with 14,000 new Spanish-speaking users and 3,000 new Chinese-speaking users.
About 265 million people currently speak Russian, according to Ethnologue: Languages of the World. Couple that with world’s 1.13 billion English speakers, 1.11 billion Mandarin Chinese speakers and 543 million Spanish speakers and we’re able to boast more than 3 billion people who can access our PFS Patient Support program, medical literature, epidemiological snapshot, news and other resources.
Once again, this latest foreign-language site was made possible by a member of the PFS community who has dedicated himself to warning the world of finasteride’s many potential dangers.
That would be Vladimir Zubkov (left), a 30-year-old actor (who moonlights as a professional translator) from Kiev, Ukraine. Six months ago, after reading that our Chinese edition was translated pro bono by the friend of a PFS patient in China and our Spanish edition by a PFS patient in Spain, Vladimir signed up for the same tour of duty.
Two months after that, another Russian-speaking PFS patient, 30-year-old Roman Kulikov from Latvia, joined Vladimir to speed up the process.
And the rest, as they say in Mother Russia, is “история.”
If you live in a Russian-speaking country, please share the link to our Russian edition across as many pertinent platforms as possible, including hair-loss forums and Facebook pages. Ditto any Russian doctors who may be treating you or a loved one.
Anyone living in the US who suffers from PFS should report his/her symptoms to the US Food and Drug Administration. Anyone living outside the US who suffers from PFS should report his/her symptoms to the US Food and Drug Administration as well as to his/her national drug-regulatory agency, as directed on our Report Your Side Effects page.
If you or a loved one are suffering from PFS, and feeling depressed or unstable, do not hesitate to contact the PFS Foundation via our Patient Support hotline: firstname.lastname@example.org