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Fame and HIV: 21 of History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities

November 17, 2015


Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen

In November 2015, 50-year-old Charlie Sheen publicly disclosed that he had been living with HIV for four years. "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life," he said about receiving the diagnosis.

A Hollywood staple for more than 30 years, Sheen, born Carlos Estevez, is the youngest member of the Sheen Acting Dynasty. He rose to fame following a series of successful films including Platoon, Wall Street and Major League. In addition to acting, Sheen made a name for himself as a Hollywood “bad boy,” engaging in drug use and sexual activity with sex workers.

At the time of his disclosure, Sheen said he uses antiretroviral medication, which has brought his viral load to undetectable. Publicity of his case started to bring more conversation about treatment as prevention into the mainstream.

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