As the fallout from Charlie Sheen’s revelation that he is HIV positive continues, one of his former co-stars is stepping forward, saying she’s upset with the star for not disclosing his illness before they worked together. But is Jenny McCarthy’s outrage justified or misinformed?
From 2007 to 2011, the former Playboy Playmate appeared on “Two and a Half Men” as one of the many women romanced by Sheen’s Lothario character. In a role that required a lot of physical contact between the two, McCarthy says that Sheen should have informed her of his HIV status.
“Playing even his love interest on the show, back in the day, I go, ‘Ick!'” she says on her Sirius XM radio show. “That’s not fair. It’s scary.”
“I have sympathy for him because, you know, he’s sick and it’s awful,” she adds. “But man, he’s going to have to take some major accountability with many people in his life.”
HIV cannot be transferred from simple physical contact and/or kissing, something McCarthy later acknowledges on her radio show. But the actress also appears to be misinformed about when Sheen knew he was HIV positive.
“Charlie was infected long after he left ‘Two and a Half Men,’ and long after he worked with Jenny,” Sheen’s manager Mark Burg tells People.
Nevertheless, the outspoken model/actress is implying that making simple contact with an HIV positive person is a matter of concern.
“Before we do a job, we have to sign a piece of paper that says, ‘Do you have cold sores?'” she says of working in television. “You would think that there would be some type of … I don’t want to say, not criminal issue, but I don’t even know how to feel about that.”
“I’m like, wait a second, ‘If I have to be up front about a herpe, how could you not be up front about HIV?'” she adds. “I look back and I’m like, OK, that would have been some valuable information.”
“Look how many people have played his love interest on the show,” says McCarthy. “Not that you can obviously get [HIV] through kissing, but still, that’s a big deal.”
This isn’t the first time McCarthy has gotten herself in hot water over medical declarations. In years past, she became a figurehead for “anti-vaxxers” after initially claiming that vaccines cause autism in children, an idea medical authorities have said is simply untrue.