Charlie Sheen’s Diagnosis: What to Know and What to Remember

On November 17, 2015, Charlie Sheen told Good Morning America the he is HIV positive. This came after rumors has swirled throughout tabloids. There have been many cases of people being misinformed and others wanting to do more to help.

  • Myths:
    • HIV/AIDS are the same thing.
    • HIV/AIDS are contracted only by reckless behavior.
    • HIV/AIDS are “homosexual diseases.”
    • Being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS is a death sentence.
  • Facts:
    • HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids.
    • People come in contact with the disease through having sex with an infected person or sharing needles. Other instances of transmission may include an infected mother passing it on to her child(ren) through birth.
    • HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus and it attacks the body’s T cells. If left untreated, the body will become unable to fight infection.
    • HIV may lead to AIDS, but they are not the same thing.
    • HIV/AIDS does not discriminate potentially infected people based on sexual orientation, race, ethnic background, gender, etc, etc.
    • HIV/AIDS do not kill people themselves. What kills a person infected are the complications that arise from the body being unable to fight diseases.
    • There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there is treatment to manage the disease. This treatment is very expensive.
  • Resources for more information:
  • Ways to help:
  • Media:
    • Rent (movie)
    • Philadelphia (movie)
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