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Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Confirms HIV Isn't Just a Black and Gay Issue (Video)

By Justin B. Terry-Smith

November 17, 2015


Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV positive. During the interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show, saying that he wanted to put a stop "to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks."

He's paid millions to keep people quiet and has faced lawsuits from previous partners. Sheen said that he will not be paying anyone any more money after today because he has disclosed publicly.

The news had already received this story the day before his disclosure.

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The 50-year-old actor admits to hiring sex workers and extensive drug use, which was made public by tabloids and newspapers.

This story proves that HIV is not a gay or black issue. HIV is a global public health issue. By disclosing on his own status I hope this gives him empowerment and inspiration to help others in the future with their HIV diagnosis. Currently, Sheen says he is on a four-pill-a-day HIV medication regimen and is currently undetectable. [Editor's Note: At this time it is uncertain how many HIV antiretroviral medications Sheen is taking. In response to a question from Matt Lauer, "How many pills are you taking each day?" He responded: "Four." It is currently unknown what those pills are or whether they are specifically to treat his HIV infection.]

When asked whether he would stop drinking, Mr. Sheen said that "perhaps the freedom of today may lead to that as well."

My hope for Sheen is that he lives a long and healthy life and to let him know that now you are a part of community that can empower you to be the best Charlie Sheen you can be. I back Charlie Sheen.


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Justin B. Terry-Smith

Justin B. Terry-Smith

Justin B. Terry-Smith, M.P.H., may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own website, and he's even on YouTube. He is a noted HIV and gay civil rights activist and the creator of "Justin's HIV Journal," a popular blog in which he shares his trials and tribulations of living with HIV. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Justin resides in Laurel, Maryland, with his husband, Dr. Philip Terry-Smith, and their son, Lundyn. Presently, Justin is working toward earning his doctorate in public health. He welcomes your questions.
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