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PLoS Med. 2005 Jul;2(7):e215. Epub 2005 Jul 26.

What are the roles and responsibilities of the media in disseminating health information?

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University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. schwitz@umn.edu

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  • PLoS Med. 2005 Aug;2(8):e321.

Abstract

In December 2004 three news stories in the popular press suggested that the side effects of single-dose nevirapine, which has been proven to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, had been covered up. Many HIV experts believed that the stories were unwarranted and that they would undermine use of the drug, leading to a rise in neonatal HIV infection. The controversy surrounding these stories prompted the PLoS Medicine editors to ask health journalists, and others with an interest in media reporting of health, to share their views on the roles and responsibilities of the media in disseminating health information.

PMID:
16033311
PMCID:
PMC1181881
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pmed.0020215
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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