Living with HIV before Charlie Sheen’s disclosure

Chris MacDonald-Dennis HIV

Chris MacDonald-Dennis

As someone who has lived with HIV for more than 15 years, I decided to do my #livingwithhiv Twitter session again because of Charlie Sheen and his recent disclosure. His doing so brought out all of the ignorance and judgment people have around HIV, namely his drug use and his sexual life.

I brought it back at the request of Luvvie Ajayi, the renowned humorist who runs the blog Awesomely Luvvie, in a thread she had about Sheen’s disclosure. Below is an excerpt.

What’s changed about #livingwithhiv from when I was diagnosed to now? Medical advancements, such as Truvada, which prevents those who are uninfected from getting the condition before and after exposure. And, really, the lowering rates of new cases. People now feel like HIV is a “livable” condition.

What I also mean by “people before profits” is our needing compassion, including for people like Charlie Sheen. We never verbalize to or about smokers that they deserve to die from cancer because of their decision, why do we feel comfortable doing this to people with HIV or AIDS?

3 thoughts on “Living with HIV before Charlie Sheen’s disclosure

  1. Pingback: Living with HIV before Charlie Sheen’s disclosure – Twin Cities Daily Planet | 15 Minutes of Charlie Sheen

  2. I cried when I read this. I am so happy that you are happy now with a man you love and who loves you for you, not a disease you have.
    I don’t have HIV but I get so pissed at people who are ignorant to it and wont take the time to understand it.
    I want to help people who have HIV because I know people can be cruel and I want them to know they are loved as well and that if they need to talk they will always have someone(me).
    I was talking to my mom about it and it made her go get tested so I helped someone and I felt so good that I helped someone. Well Im rambling on.
    If you know of anywhere I can start in helping can you email me the links? My email is thank you.

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