In our first two full years online the Don’t Get Stuck With HIV website and blog has received 48,000 page views, over 31,000 of them in 2013. The number of monthly views has increased to a high of 3,600 in December 2013 and the daily average has reached 116 views in the same month.
With over 7,000 views, our Blood-borne Risks page (‘Estimated risks to transmit HIV through various skin-piercing events’) was the most popular, followed by the home page, at 6,000 views. Sexual transmission risks, our pages about dental care, tattooing, hairstyling (etc), bloodtests and injections all received over 1,000 views each.
Also, a couple of blog posts were very popular, especially ‘Have we ignored a very simple procedure that could significantly reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV to men from women?‘ (nearly 2,000 views) and ‘Denied, withheld, and uncollected evidence and unethical research cloud what really happened during three key trials of circumcision to protect men‘ (1,600 views). A post on genital hygiene also received almost 1,000 views.
An analysis of about 4,000 search queries, comprising about 500 search terms, revealed that searches about syringes, other medical instruments and their uses accounted for about one quarter of all queries. Tattoos, dental care, manicures and pedicures and HIV transmission risk accounted for another 1,300 queries. About 260 searches were about circumcision if you add in searches for ‘Prepex‘, which is a fairly popular subject.
We have had visitors from 177 different countries, although we only 10 or fewer page views from 64 of those countries. With nearly 20,000 views from the US since February 2012, no other country comes close, although nearly 5,000 have been from the UK. India, Canada and Australia have accounted for another 7,000 views.The highest number of views from an African country was 864, from South Africa.
Our top referrer, accounting for over 30,000 views, was Google, mostly Google.com; about 3,000 were from Google.co.uk. Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and a few other tools account for a few hundred views each, although stimulating referrals from Facebook and Twitter required a disproportionate amount of work.
We thank visitors for viewing our site and blogs. We hope you found what you were looking for. We welcome comments and feedback and are grateful for what we have received so far. Using the above data, we intend expanding and reorganizing Don’t Get Stuck With HIV over the next year and hope we keep expanding.
All the best for 2014!