Twitter Might Be Able To Track HIV Outbreaks
Researchers at UCLA found tweets with certain terms about risky behavior, like "sex" or "get high," line up with an area's number of HIV cases.By Jamal Andress | March 2, 2014
This is gonna sound like a stretch but hear us out: Twitter might have a role to play when it comes to predicting and preventing an HIV outbreak.
According to a UCLA study, Twitter can be used to track HIV incidence and drug related behaviors. Doctors say the idea is to find the problem area and address it in order to prevent outbreaks.
Researchers collected about 550 million tweets between May 26th and December 9th of 2012 specifically looking for words and phrases like "sex" or "get high" that could potentially mean risky behaviors.