By Ashleigh Clarke
Since the alarming rise of HIV and AIDS during the 1980’s much hasn’t changed in regards to effectively killing the virus. However, advances in treatments for the disease means it’s no longer a terminal illness, rather a chronic one instead.
In recent news, actor Charlie Sheen who is known for his role in the hit US TV show – Two and a half Men which he was later fired from due to his substance and alcohol abuse, has confirmed rumours that he is HIV positive, he announced the news during an interview on television.
He stated that he was first diagnosed four years ago but didn’t announce the news until now as it was hard to process, he also said that he doesn’t know he actually contracted the disease. He claimed that he has always been honest with his sexual partners in regards to his health and always uses protection.
It has also been announced that people who were aware of his condition had extorted money from him to keep it a secret. The actor said the incident took place when a prostitute took a picture of his medication and threatened to sell it. He was asked why he was still bringing people into his home even though they were threatening him – he states that this is because he was depressed.
Whilst there has been an encouraging amount of support for Sheen, there has also been a sprinkling of negative comments as well regarding his promiscuous behaviour.
The Hollywood actor says that he would stop paying them now that his HIV status is public, he quotes, “I will release myself from this prison today”.
Since announcing the news, Sheen said he now has a responsibility to better himself and help a lot of other people.
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