CHARLIE SHEEN ADMITS TO HAVING HIV





Hey it's your girl JA Nursing here,  As your health care advocate I certainly had to weigh in on this topic  Especially with  World Aids Day Coming up December 1 2015 . Last week  The former star of sitcom Two And A Half Men appeared on NBC's Today show, ending days of intense media speculation. 

 

"I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths," he said, adding he was diagnosed four years ago.  Lets not forget the many other celebrities  who came out but have since passed. Like Easy E. Freddie Mercury. Sheen has now joined the ranks of Magic  Johnson    who   confirmed  his diagnosis publicly back in 1991,  then  a 32 year old Johnson , shocked the world when he announced that he was HIV-positive,
  
We know now that Anyone can be infected with HIV, no matter...
  • your age
  • your sex
  • your race or ethnic origin
  • who you have sex with 

.  In August Basketball legend and business mogul Magic Johnson turned  56, Giving hope that you can live longer  with the right treatment.
In a  article cited by writer  @jamilahking

 It's a message that Johnson himself has helped promote in the black community since his diagnosis. "I'm the blessing because people were talking about it, they ran out and got tested at that time," Johnson told CNN in 2013. "Then I'm the curse, because people now say, 'Oh well, HIV is nothing, because if I get it, I can be like Magic. He's doing good, and I can do the same thing he's doing or take the same medicine he's taking and I'll be okay.' But what they don't understand, in 22 years, millions of people have died."
 

DID YOU KNOW That  more than   75%  of HIV  diagnoses  in  Ontario's  Black Community are  attributed to heterosexual transmission? from our friends over at Black C.A.P
More than 75% of HIV diagnoses in Ontario’s Black community are attributed to heterosexual transmission. HIV incidence has been stable or increasing in Canadians exposed to HIV through heterosexual sex since 2008. According to 2011 national HIV estimates, 34% of HIV-positive people whose infection is attributable to a heterosexual exposure remain undiagnosed. That is why it is so important that you get tested, know your status and always use protection – even for heterosexual sex. - See more at: http://www.blackcap.ca/page.php?u=/hiv-aids-awareness/heterosexual-fact-sheets-%E2%80%93-hiv-and-stis#sthash.pfjN5g5y.dpuf
More than 75% of HIV diagnoses in Ontario’s Black community are attributed to heterosexual transmission. HIV incidence has been stable or increasing in Canadians exposed to HIV through heterosexual sex since 2008 - See more at: http://www.blackcap.ca/page.php?u=/hiv-aids-awareness/heterosexual-fact-sheets-%E2%80%93-hiv-and-stis#sthash.pfjN5g5y.dpuf
More than 75% of HIV diagnoses in Ontario’s Black community are attributed to heterosexual transmission. HIV incidence has been stable or increasing in Canadians exposed to HIV through heterosexual sex since 2008. According to 2011 national HIV estimates, 34% of HIV-positive people whose infection is attributable to a heterosexual exposure remain undiagnosed. That is why it is so important that you get tested, know your status and always use protection – even for heterosexual sex. - See more at: http://www.blackcap.ca/page.php?u=/hiv-aids-awareness/heterosexual-fact-sheets-%E2%80%93-hiv-and-stis#sthash.pfjN5g5y.dpuf
More than 75% of HIV diagnoses in Ontario’s Black community are attributed to heterosexual transmission. HIV incidence has been stable or increasing in Canadians exposed to HIV through heterosexual sex since 2008. According to 2011 national HIV estimates, 34% of HIV-positive people whose infection is attributable to a heterosexual exposure remain undiagnosed. That is why it is so important that you get tested, know your status and always use protection – even for heterosexual sex. - See more at: http://www.blackcap.ca/page.php?u=/hiv-aids-awareness/heterosexual-fact-sheets-%E2%80%93-hiv-and-stis#sthash.pfjN5g5y.dpuf


It  has been  a little over a week since Charlie Sheen has admitted to being HIV positive new headlines state that


Charlie Sheen could be sued by 700 ex-lovers over 'HIV sex' as his confession sparks Hollywood panic.

    'Bad decision'


    "I think I release myself from this prison today," he said.
    He admitted that his use of drink and drugs was a "bad decision" but said it was "impossible" that he would have passed HIV on to anyone else.
    The actor said he does not know how he contracted the virus but stressed he does not feel any stigma attached to the illness.

     It's a hard three letters to absorb."
    Sheen appeared with his doctor, Robert Huizenga, who said his daily medication has suppressed the virus and he is "absolutely healthy".
    "Charlie has an undetectable level of the virus in his blood," he said.
    When asked to respond to rumours Sheen has Aids, Dr Huizenga said: "Charlie does not have Aids - that's when the virus suppresses the immune system. He is healthy."

    Like many........

    Sheen said his "personal disbelief and shame and anger" at the initial diagnosis "led to a descent into substance abuse and fathomless drinking".
    But now he feels he has "the responsibility to better myself and help a lot of other people. With what we're doing today, others may come up and say, 'Thanks Charlie, thanks for kicking the door open'."


    Now lets get back to the reality in our city. The 6ix. Tdot,  With World Aids day approaching  on  December 1 I had to resurrect this blog ordinarily posted  Dec 1 2014- with updated information.  The news and blogs  can be quite entertaining to the issues that he is facing. But the bigger reality is that right here in my city their is someone going through this health crisis as I am writing this blog.



    Thank you to our friends over at Catie for this Information.  As your  Health care advocate my Mission is to help you navigate to the right information.Working in health care for the last 15 years has brought about a reality that  common  reasons for re  admissions  patients is due to lack of knowledge and lack of  complete literacy regarding their current health conditions.

    HIV is a virus that can make you sick.
    HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) weakens your immune system, your body’s built-in defence against disease and illness.
    Anyone can be infected with HIV. You can have HIV without knowing it. You may not look or feel sick for years, but you can still pass the virus on to other people.
    Without HIV treatment, your immune system can become too weak to fight off serious illnesses. HIV can also damage other parts of your body. Eventually, you can become sick with life-threatening infections. This is the most serious stage of HIV infection, called AIDS (or Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome).
    There is no vaccine to prevent HIV.
    There is no cure for HIV… but there is treatment.
    There is no cure for HIV, but with proper care and treatment, most people with HIV can avoid getting AIDS and can stay healthy for a long time.
    Anti-HIV drugs have to be taken every day. They cannot get rid of HIV but they can keep it under control.

    DID YOU KNOW? That Only five body fluids can contain enough HIV to infect someone: blood, semen (including pre-cum), rectal fluid, vaginal fluid and breast milk.
    HIV can only get passed when one of these fluids from a person with HIV gets into the bloodstream of another person—through broken skin, the opening of the penis or the wet linings of the body, such as the vagina, rectum or foreskin.
    HIV cannot pass through healthy, unbroken skin.
    The two main ways that HIV can get passed between you and someone else are:
    • through unprotected sex (anal or vaginal sex without a condom)
    • by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs (including steroids)
    HIV can also be passed:
    • by sharing needles or ink to get a tattoo
    • by sharing needles or jewellery to get a body piercing
    • by sharing acupuncture needles
    • to a fetus or baby during pregnancy, birth or breast-feeding
    HIV cannot be passed by:
    • talking, shaking hands, working or eating with someone who has HIV
    • hugs or kisses
    • coughs or sneezes
    • swimming pools
    • toilet seats or water fountains
    • bed sheets or towels
    • forks, spoons, cups or food
    • insects or animals
    For more on how HIV is transmitted, please visit CATIE’s How transmission occurs page.




    HIV can be passed during unprotected sex.
    This means:
    • vaginal or anal sex without a condom
    • oral sex without a condom or dental dam (a piece of latex used to cover the vulva or anus)
    • sharing sex toys
    Oral sex is not as risky as vaginal or anal sex, but it’s not completely safe.

    Protect yourself and your partner(s) from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    You can have sex with little or no risk of passing on or getting HIV. This is called safer sex.
    Safer sex also helps protect you and your partner(s) from other STIs, such as gonorrhea and syphilis.
    People can have HIV or other STIs without knowing it because these infections often do not cause symptoms. You could have HIV or another STI and not know it. Also, don’t assume that your partner know(s) whether they have HIV or any other STI. The only way to know for sure is to be tested.

    To practise safer sex…
    • Use a latex or polyurethane condom correctly every time you have vaginal or anal sex.
    • Use only water-based or silicone-based lubricants. (Oil-based lubricants can make latex condoms break.)
    • Get tested for STIs regularly. Having an STI increases your risk of getting and passing on HIV.
    • Avoid sharing sex toys, and if you do, cover each one with a new condom before each use. It is also important to clean your toys between vaginal and anal use.
    • Use a condom or dental dam every time you have oral sex.
    • Choose forms of sexual stimulation that pose little or no risk for HIV, like masturbation or sensual massage.
    Thank you to our Friends at Casey House for this snap shot of Toronto.

    A Snapshot Of HIV/AIDS In Toronto

    • Every day, two Torontonians are newly infected with HIV
    • More than 1 in 4 new HIV diagnoses in Toronto are among young people under 30
    • 65% of new infections in Toronto occur in men who have sex with men
    • Women represent 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in Toronto

    More people live with HIV today than ever before—not just around the world but right here in #Toronto.

    The message is clear 


    With the  winter months bringing about loneliness and poor choices for some, we must remember that theses facts are real. This has been watching out for Health with Michelle Smith Your Health and Social Advocate. This is a message for all Wrap it Up, Get Tested and be knowledgeable about your risks and your health. If you are reading this blog and would like more information on how you can help some one today We want to hear from you becasue WE CARE




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