Dissatisfied with spreading misinformation about autism and vaccines, actress and famed anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy has now moved onto voicing opinions about HIV that could be potentially damaging to people living with the diagnosis. On her show with Sirius XM Dirty, Sexy, Funny McCarthy talks about the fact that Charlie Sheen didn't tell her he had HIV on the set of Two and a Half Men. She played his love interest for 8 episodes in 2011.
Actors and actresses are supposed to disclose any communicable diseases prior to filming and McCarthy's got the herp, which she shared. She thinks Charlie Sheen was holding out on her:
I don’t even know how to feel about that. I’m like, ‘Wait a second. If I have to be upfront about herpes, how could you not be upfront about HIV? I look back and I’m like, ‘Okay, that would have been some valuable information.’ Look how many people have played his love interest on the show. I mean, not that you can obviously get it through kissing, but still that’s a big deal.
Playing his love interest on the show, even back in the day, I go, ‘Ick! That’s not fair. It’s scary.’ I have sympathy for him because, you know, he’s sick and it’s awful, but man he’s going to have some major accountability with many people in his life.
Charlie Sheen says he was diagnosed 4 years ago, so it's possible he was aware of his condition, but his publicist says he wasn't HIV positive at the time.
You are, of course, obligated to be honest with your sex partners to prevent the spread of STDs, and there are signs that Charlie Sheen was less than honest. However, Jenny McCarthy yelling 'ick' over the idea of kissing a person with HIV shows why people are scared to say anything. HIV is not transmitted through saliva, and fear-mongering about it only serves to make people living with HIV feel more alienated. She backpedals a bit and says, "not that you can obviously get it through kissing" but it sure sounds like she thinks you can. Once again, Jenny McCarthy proves she'd rather have people needlessly terrified than educated.