SOMERSET, N.J., Jan. 5, 2016 – Traffic to the PFS Foundation website rose 33.6 percent in 2015, compared to 2014, according to Google Analytics.
Concurrently, users in 161 countries—or 82.5 percent of the world (as defined by the 195 nations recognized by the U.S. Department of State)—accessed information on the condition via PFSFoundation.org in 2015, versus 157 countries during the period from the website’s launch in August 2012 through 2014.
To date, an historic total of 176 countries (90 percent of the world) have accessed information on the condition.
Among the 18 nations that downloaded information from the website for the first time ever in 2015 are Mongolia, Zambia and Haiti.
Visits from outside the U.S. comprised 55 percent of the site’s total annual traffic in 2015.
PFS has been reported to occur in men who have taken the prescription drug finasteride to treat hair loss (under the brand name Propecia and generics), or enlarged prostates (Proscar and generics).
Symptoms include loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, panic attacks, Peyronie’s disease, penile shrinkage, gynecomastia, muscle atrophy, cognitive impairment, insomnia, severely dry skin, and tinnitus. The condition often has a life-altering impact on victims and their families, such as job loss and the breakup of marriages and romantic relationships, while also being linked to suicides.
In March 2015, the U.S. National Institutes of Health listed PFS on its Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, noting that “some patients who have taken finasteride have referred to side effects such as sexual dysfunction and depression (sometimes severe)… Studies sponsored by the NIH and other organizations are underway to better understand the effects of 5-alpha reductase inhibitor drugs.”
Following are analytics surrounding PFSFoundation.org use during 2015:
Popularity by nation (top 50 of 161)
1. United States
2. United Kingdom
13. South Korea
25. New Zealand
27. South Africa
32. United Arab Emirates
37. Hong Kong
41. Saudi Arabia
49. Czech Republic
Nations/territories that accessed the site for the first time in 2015 (18 of 18)
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Turks & Caicos Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands
Site popularity by U.S. state (top 25 of all 50 + Washington, DC)
2. New York
7. New Jersey
15. North Carolina
17. District of Columbia
24. South Carolina
Site popularity by language (top 25 of 128*)
*Includes different national varieties, such as American English, British English and Australian English.
Site’s top 10 most popular landing pages
About the PFS Foundation
Headquartered in Somerset N.J., the Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation was established in July 2012 as a 501(c)(3) organization, with private grants from families in the U.S. and abroad. Tax-deductible financial donations to the nonprofit organization can be made via PFSFoundation.org, which also houses patient-recruitment information on active clinical studies, published research, research goals, and media reports about PFS. In July 2015, the PFS Foundation partnered with the Southwest Brain Bank in the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University El Paso. The mission of the brain bank is to function as a donation site for post-mortem human brain and spinal cord tissue of PFS patients, and study that matter in order to better understand the pathology and etiology of the condition.
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Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation