Disclosing HIV status

November 18th, 2015 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Charlie Sheen has revealed he is HIV positive – and he’s paid millions of dollars to people who “extorted” money to keep his diagnosis a secret.

In a candid interview with NBC’s Today show, Sheen said he was diagnosed with HIV “roughly four years ago”.

This is perhaps the least surprising story of the decade, considering Sheen is reputed to have had over 5,000 sexual partners.

Asked if he had infected any of his sexual partners, the Hollywood actor said it was “impossible, impossible”, and that he had “always led with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition”.

Not impossible, and his partners say he is lying.

Last week, Britain’s The Sun reported that an A-lister, described as “a womaniser”, had known of his HIV-positive status for years.

While the newspaper didn’t name the actor, it reported he had previously dated movie and television stars, a glamour model and Hollywood personalities.

“The reality is that if he’s knowingly put women at risk then that’s disgusting and it’s only a matter of time before that becomes public,” a source told The Sun.

Another source said friends had encouraged the man to go public before he was named by media, but he was worried about the impact on his career.

The newspaper was slammed over its reporting, with British HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust saying it was “utterly wrong” to disclose an individual’s HIV status without their permission.

I’m not quite so sure.

Yes as a general rule. But should there be exceptions? If someone is refusing to tell partners and is having unprotected sex, then should it be revealed? I guess the alternative to revealing, is prosecution – and Sheen may end up facing charges.

While AIDS (if HIV develops into it) is no longer a death sentence, it is still wrong on every level to not tell anyone you sleep with if you are HIV+ – they deserve to make an informed decision.

A fitting end

August 8th, 2011 at 8:59 am by David Farrar

NZ Herald reports:

Charlie Sheen’s Two and a Half Men character will meet a horrific death under a subway train – and a Kiwi actress is responsible.

According to gossip site TMZ, sources who attended the taping of Kutcher’s first episode on Friday have revealed how producers decided to kill off his character, Charlie Harper.

They told the showbiz website that Harper marries Rose, the stalker with whom he flew to Paris last season, before meeting a grisly death in the French capital’s Metro network.

At the funeral for Sheen’s character, Rose – played by Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey – reportedly says she found him in the shower with another woman.

The following day, she says, he slipped and fell while the two were waiting for a subway, with the implication that Rose probably pushed him.

Having Rose kill Charlie is a very fitting end. I still can’t imagine the show working without him though. So much of the humour is based around Charlie’s relationships with his mother, brother and nephew.

Hugh Grant

May 12th, 2011 at 11:23 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Hugh Grant has been weighing a big move: replacing the fired Charlie Sheen on CBS’ Two and a Half Men.

A person familiar with the situation said the British actor was in negotiations to join the sitcom as its new leading man.

Sheen is near impossible to replace, but you know I think Hugh Grant could do it.

Gaddafi v Sheen

March 3rd, 2011 at 3:17 pm by David Farrar

Take this quiz of 10 statements and select whether Charlie Sheen or Muammar Gaddafi said them. Harder than you might think.