Former Two and a Half Men actor Charlie Sheen recently admitted to being HIV Positive to Matt Lauer of the Today Show earlier this month in NYC. During his interview, he also confessed to being diagnosed with the virus four years ago, and after his four years of silence, he finally decided to let the world know the truth about it which was a very hard decision for him, including saying those 3 letters which were difficult to absorb. But before letting the world know, he told the truth to his ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller years ago. Luckily none of his children have the virus nor his ex wives.
What is HIV Positive?
HIV Positive is a human immunodeficiency virus, where people have a positive result in their blood for the AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease) virus HIV. The 50 year old actor is on a medication called Antiretroviral drugs. Antiretroviral drugs are drugs that work by stopping the HIV from replicating in the human body & allowing the immune system to fix itself by preventing further damage. Combinations of drugs are used so the virus can be adapted right away. HIV and any other sexually transmitted disease can be prevented if you use a condom and ignore sharing the same toys.
The first thing people do is when they fear they have the virus. They go for a blood test. Why are blood tests done? The job of the HIV blood test is to check the blood for antibodies and antigens. Because once the virus enters the human boy, the immune systems does it level best to try to fight the infection off, by producing what is said to be antibodies to the virus.
Is there a cure for the Virus?
No, there’s no cure for HIV positive people.
What happens if infected people are left untreated?
They will get AIDS right away. If you know someone who is infected with the virus, then make sure you get him to start his treatment right away before it’s too late. If the virus is treated then the person may be able to live longer. But if left untreated then the infected person will die.
Get help, before it’s too late.
And remember, the virus and other sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented.