HIV is a Risk at Any Age
Surprised by the recent news that Charlie Sheen is HIV positive?
After all, he has made a career out of appearing to be promiscuous — he was the epitome of the profligate playboy on Two and A Half Men.
Plus, in his personal life he’s been a decidedly non-celibate celebrity.
But what may be surprising is that he was diagnosed with the disease in his late 40s.
This week, at the age of 50, he went public about the illness because he was being blackmailed into paying extortion money, including by a prostitute who took a picture of the anti-retroviral medication in his bedroom.
– Many people have no symptoms when they first become infected with HIV. It can take as little as a few weeks for minor, flu-like symptoms to show up, or more than 10 years for more serious symptoms to appear, or any time in between.
– Signs of HIV/AIDS can be mistaken for the aches and pains of normal aging. These may include flu-like symptoms (such as headache, cough, diarrhea, fevers, and/or sweats) as well as swollen glands, lack of energy, loss of appetite, weight loss, repeated yeast infections, skin rashes, sores in the mouth or genital area, pelvic and abdominal cramps, and short-term memory loss.
– Approximately 71,300 Canadians were estimated to be living with HIV infection at the end of 2011. The increase in the number of people living with HIV since 2008 is mainly due to the fact that new infections continue to occur each year, while new treatments have improved survival resulting in fewer HIV-related deaths.