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Is Charlie Sheen HIV positive?

Posted on November 16, 2015 3:00 PM EST

Is Charlie Sheen an American actor in crisis? On Tuesday morning, Nov. 17, the world will soon find out if the rumors are true or not: whether actor Charlie Sheen is HIV positive.

NBC News announced on Monday that the actor will be making a "revealing" personal announcement during an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show.

Sheen, born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965 is one of Hollywood's notorious "bad boys." He is best known for his roles in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Wall Street (1987), Young Guns (1988), and more recently, the sitcoms Two and a Half Men and Anger Management.

For years Sheen's personal life has made the headlines for allegations of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and for admittedly hiring high class prostitutes. Now, his questionable past may come back to haunt him.

In 2011, Sheen, 50, was fired from Two and a Half Men amidst a public meltdown, and he has been laying low since FX decided not to renew his most recent show, Anger Management in 2014.

In light of Sheen's HIV story, we thought we'd use this opportunity to discuss STD offenses in the state of Florida, and how they can lead to criminal charges.
Should I tell someone that I have HIV?After you have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV, you have to think about whether you're going to share that information with other people, and if so, who you're going to tell.

If you are diagnosed with HIV, it's critical that you talk to your current and former partners about the fact that you have HIV. If you have shared needles while injecting drugs, then you need to tell those people as well.

Disclosure can be a very difficult process, but it's not to be taken lightly, especially as it pertains to current and future sexual partners. While sharing your HIV status with friends, co-workers, and family may be "optional," under some circumstances you're legally required to tell certain people about your HIV status.

Specifically, under Section 384.24, it's illegal for someone who has been diagnosed with gonorrhea, genital herpes simplex, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and certain other STDs, to have sex with someone without informing him or her that they have one of these diseases.

Under Florida law, a violation of this statute is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to one year in jail, and up to a $1,000 fine.

If you're facing charges for an STD offense, a sex crime, or for another criminal offense in Miami, contact our office to work with an award-winning team of trial lawyers!
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