An extensive expose points to Charlie Sheen, star of the Oscar winning film Platoon, and TV’s highest paid actor, (Two And A Half Men), in describing Hollywood megastar who hid his HIV positive status from former partners for the past two years.
The star, in various publications, described as “a womaniser”, has known of his HIV-positive status for four years, but had not revealed his diagnosis to many of his sexual partners.
His lawyers were said to be bracing for potential legal action over his failure to disclose his HIV status.
“The reality is that if he’s knowingly put women at risk then that’s disgusting and it’s only a matter of time before that becomes public,” says someone in Hollywood.
Another source said friends had encouraged the man to go public before he was named by media, but he was worried about the impact on his career.
“Even with the advances made in HIV testing and treatment, this shows that unfounded prejudices still remain. It is attitudes like these that perpetuate HIV stigma.”
HIV can be spread through unprotected sex, or through other bodily fluids, including via breastfeeding or needle-sharing.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Update: Charlie Sheen HIV Positive. On Tuesday 17 November, (2015), Charlie Sheen announced that he was HIV positive on The Today Show with Matt Lauer.