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Charlie Sheen Reveals He Is HIV Positive

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Although research towards a cure and our cultural acceptance of the disease have both come a long way, Charlie Sheen's announcement that he carries HIV shows that the stigma is still alive and well.

Sheen exclusively sat down on the Today Show with Matt Lauer to reveal his diagnosis and explain the troubling events that led to his appearance.

 Sheen explained that he tried to keep the news within a close circle of trusted family and friends, but word eventually got out. Blackmailers who exploited Sheen's condition demanded that he pay up to prevent the information from getting out.

After paying upwards of $10 million in hush money, Sheen had had enough. In his interview with Lauer, Sheen explained, "I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn't be further from the truth."

Despite the actor's troubling past, friends and fans alike were quick to express their support and encouragement to Sheen on social media. 

 

My heart hurts. Prayers for Charlie and his family

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Thanks to advances in medical research, HIV is no longer a death sentence. Although individuals who contract the virus must take anti-viral medicine every day, they usually go on to live long, healthy, relatively normal lives. 

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