Charlie Sheen Expected to Reveal That He's HIV Positive

On Monday, Nov. 16, USA TODAY reported that actor Charlie Sheen is expected to reveal that he is HIV positive on Tuesday morning on the Today show. That report came after NBC News announced that Sheen will be making a “revealing personal announcement” in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer.

As of Monday, Sheen’s rep had not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Sheen, 50, a notorious “Hollywood playboy,” lost a starring role on Two and a Half Men in 2011 amid a highly publicized public meltdown. For the most part, Sheen’s stayed away from the spotlight since FX decided not to renew his latest show, Anger Management in 2014.

In Sheen’s personal life, an announcement was made in October 2014 that his eight-month engagement with adult film star Brett Rossi was called off.

According to Hollywood publicist and crisis manager, Howard Bragman, the interview could lead to a lot of sympathy for the actor, but at the same time he has to be concerned about litigation from former sexual partners. Bragman told PEOPLE that it’s not to be taken lightly.

It’s no secret that the rebellious actor has long struggled with substance abuse and that in the past, he’s admitted to having a taste for high class prostitutes.

STD & HIV Offenses in Florida

We’re using Sheen’s story as an opportunity to discuss STD offenses in Florida. Once someone is diagnosed with an STD, such as HIV, they have to decide whether to share that information, and if so, with whom.

As a general rule, it’s very important to talk to current and past partners about one’s HIV status. If someone has shared needles with others to inject drugs, those people need to be told too. While sharing HIV status in many situations is a personal choice, in some cases it’s a legal requirement.

Under Section 384.24, it’s unlawful for someone who knows they have any one of several sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, genital herpes simplex, chlamydia, and syphilis to have sex with another person without informing them that they have the STD first.

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

If you are facing criminal charges for an STD offense in Tampa, contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. for a hard-hitting defense!