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Charlie Sheen’s HIV confession: HIV back in the spotlight

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By Bennet Nichol

Famous television and movie star, Charlie Sheen has announced he is HIV positive in an interview with Today host Matt Lauer.

Sheen admitted that he has been diagnosed since 2011, and has been receiving treatment for four years.

Sheen hopes that he can help push for a cure for the virus, which affects millions of people globally.

“If there was one guy on this planet to contract this, that’s going to deliver a cure, it’s me,” Sheen said.

Sheen’s revelation highlights the importance of safe-sex practises for all people, especially young Australians.

According to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) statistics, approximately 27 150 live with the HIV virus in Australia currently.

“At the end of 2014, an estimated 27,150 people were living with HIV in Australia, of whom an estimated 3,350 (12%) were unaware of their HIV-positive status,” the statistics read.

“In 2014, 1,081 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Australia.”

AFAO stresses the importance of safe sex and safe drug use in order to prevent transmission of the virus, and recommends practising regular health checks for all individuals.

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