- Charlie Sheen urged famous people who are HIV-positive to come forward
- Sheen said celebrities who contracted the virus have a responsibility to speak about the disease to lift the stigma attached to it
- He said he is committed to leveraging his celebrity status to spread the word about safe sex
American actor Charlie Sheen, who announced last year that he is HIV-positive, encouraged other famous people who are also HIV-positive like him to come forward and speak out about the disease.
Sheen of the “Two and a half men” and “Platoon” fame said in an interview with German Playboy that celebrities who have contracted the virus have a responsibility to speak out to lift the stigma attached to the deadly disease.
“There is a lot of prejudice against HIV-positive people and I hope to change that,” Sheen said during the interview.
“It would be good if more celebrities announced that they are infected with HIV. That would help things,” he added.
As mentioned in Breibart, Sheen never asked to be an HIV/AIDS activist, but is committed to leveraging his celebrity status to spread the word about safe sex.
He said he hadn’t sought the role of a public advocate but that it had been thrust upon him.
“People approach me on the street and congratulate me on having the courage. Whether I want to or not, it is important to teach about sexually transmitted diseases,” Sheen explained.
The 50-year-old actor, known for partying and drinking, said he is now devoted to a healthy lifestyle.
“I want to stay healthy and do good. I want to make peace with the past, live in the present and look toward the future,” Sheen said.
According to AIDS.gov website, HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely. So once you have HIV, you have it for life.