Charlie Sheen continues to face questions about what he knew and when in terms of his HIV diagnosis. Jenny McCarthy, who played Charlie’s girlfriend on ‘Two and a Half Men’ from 2007 – 2011, wanted to know why his HIV status wasn’t revealed while they were working together.
Jenny said that actors are required to disclose any health information as well as medications they’re taking. She said she was required to reveal if she even had so much as a cold sore. Jenny wondered:
If I have to be upfront about a herpe how could you not be upfront about HIV? Being on ‘Two and a Half Men’ myself and being on the show and playing a love interest you would think there would be some type of—I don’t want to say—criminal issue but I don’t even know how to feel about that. That could’ve been some valuable information.”
If that level of disclosure is required, then Jenny has a point. However, it’s possible Charlie wasn’t diagnosed while they were filming since he said he was diagnosed “around” four years ago. Yet it seems close enough in time that perhaps she should’ve been notified, if studios require that level of disclosure?
Jenny said she’s always required her lovers to sign a form saying they did not have any STDs. She explained:
I’m STD-phobic because of all the stuff with Evan’s health.”
Jenny stressed that it was important for Charlie to be accountable.
I have sympathy for him because he’s sick and it’s awful, but man he’s going to have to take major accountability for many people in his life.”
Charlie’s rep did respond to Jenny’s comments:
Charlie was infected long after he left Two and a Half Men and long after he worked with Jenny.”
How is this rep defining “long after”? If Charlie and Jenny worked together until 2011 and he was diagnosed “around” four years ago, which would be 2011, then it couldn’t have been that long apart, right? I mean, we all know that HIV isn’t always detectable (Charlie’s made that clear in describing how he’s currently doing), so it’s possible any HIV test Charlie took earlier in 2011 was negative simply because the virus wasn’t at high enough levels to be detected. It doesn’t mean he wasn’t HIV positive, just like he’s still considered HIV positive now even though the virus has dropped to undetectable levels. I understand Charlie’s desire to avoid further legal liability, but he does need to take responsibility.
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