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Nov 15

Madam Blames Pornstars for Charlie’s HIV

Madam: Charlie Sheen Paid Extra for Condom-Free Sex

Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen – Charlie Sheen was having sex with scores of hookers just months before he found out he was HIV-positive — and he paid them not to use protection, Manhattan’s soccer-mom madam told The Post on Tuesday.

Anna Gristina, who pleaded guilty to running an Upper East Side brothel in 2012 — said she supplied prostitutes to Sheen and his then-wife, Brooke Mueller, at their LA mansion in 2009 and 2010. Sheen said on Tuesday he learned he was HIV-positive in 2011.

“He could have given HIV to dozens of girls,” Gristina said, noting that her agency was only one of many Sheen used.

“The porn girls he liked would agree to go bareback [without protection] because he gave them an extra $5,000, $10,000. And some of them would agree because they were hoping they would get pregnant,’’ Gristina said. “He would give girls incentives not to use protection, and the girls would try to please him because they wanted to come back.’’

Gristina said Sheen likely contracted the disease himself from a porn-star prostitute.

“These girls are definitely high-risk for HIV,” Gristina said of the adult-industry workers who moonlight as hookers. “I guarantee he got it [HIV] from one of these girls.”

The former madam said Sheen “would easily rack up $75,000, $100,000 a night” partying with her hookers, who cost him $2,500 an hour plus tips apiece.

She added that Sheen eventually began to favor “pre-op transsexuals.”

“He never asked me, but he said to my girls, ‘Do you have any guys that you could call right now?’ ” Gristina said. “I have no idea if he wanted them for himself, or if he wanted to watch them have sex with the other girls or with his wife or what.”

Early on, Sheen was still “a gentleman,” entertaining his paid sex partners with champagne and catered food, Gristina said. But as months passed, the “dates” would get crazier and crazier, on occasion spanning days, she said.

“He used to pop Viagra like amphetamines,” Gristina said.

Cocaine would be delivered to the house by the brick, Gristina added.

“They had an addiction, not just to the drugs but to the girls. The wife was into everything,” Gristina said of Sheen and Mueller.

“Sometimes he would just sit on the laptop gambling and chain smoking cigarettes, and the wife would be enjoying the girls.’’

A representative for Mueller did not return calls.


Nov 15

What the Hell Is ‘Undetectable HIV?’

What the Hell Is ‘Undetectable HIV?’

Charlie Sheen – Some of what we learned today about Charlie Sheen was not surprising.

It was surprising to learn that he had the HIV virus, and that he was first diagnosed four years ago.

What wasn’t so surprising is that, allegedly, he hasn’t always shared this information with his sexual partners.

If that sounds cynical, it’s because this is a guy who once claimed he cured his drug addictions with willpower—“I blinked and I cured my brain,” he said—and frequently described himself as a warlock with tiger’s blood.

Bree Olson, Sheen’s ex-girlfriend, was on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show this morning, talking about the announcement, and her claims that Sheen never told her about his HIV diagnosis.

She had sex with Sheen, she told Stern, “almost every day for a year”—sometimes with no protection whatsoever, and sometimes while Sheen was wearing lambskin condoms.

Now, while “lambskin condoms”—officially known as natural membrane condoms, which are made from a thin layer of lamb intestines—are effective at preventing pregnancy, they’re not recommended for HIV prevention.

That’s because the pores on natural membrane condoms are large enough for the HIV virus to pass through them, says Antonio Urbina, M.D., an associate professor of medicine in the infectious diseases department at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Latex condoms, on the other hand, are less permeable, so the HIV virus remains trapped.

Olson also revealed to Stern that she is HIV free. To prove it, she shared her latest HIV rest results live on the show.

How, you might be wondering, is that possible?

How could this woman have unprotected or badly protected sex with Charlie Sheen, a man carrying the HIV virus, for an entire year, maybe as often as once a day, and not have contracted the virus?

Is she just the luckiest person in the universe? She somehow had 365 sexual encounters with a man carrying HIV and dodged 365 bullets?

Sheen’s physician, Dr. Robert Huizenga—who appeared with Sheen this morning for a Today show interview—explained that thanks to a regular treatment of “strong antiviral drugs,” the virus is now “undetectable” in Sheen’s blood.

Even if you consider yourself well informed about HIV, this might be the first time you’ve heard the virus described as “undetectable.”

And what are these magical drugs that make patients, or at least Charlie Sheen, capable of having unprotected sex without infecting anybody?

The treatment is called antiretroviral therapy (ART), a combination of drugs that slows the progression of the virus in your body.

Ideally, ART will knock your viral load down to an undetectable level, as it reportedly has with Sheen. This just means that the amount of HIV in your blood is too low to be picked up by the lab testing it, says Dr. Urbina.

And what that means is that your risk of transmitting it is very, very low.

“It’s almost like you’d have more of a chance of getting struck by lightning,” he says.

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, takes it even further.

“What we’ve done for years, for decades, is accept the belief that safe sex is protected sex, which is sex with a condom,” he says. “But the scientific evidence is very, very clear. If somebody is on ART treatment, and has an undetectable virus, the risk of transmission of HIV, with or without a condom, is essentially zero.”

But to be clear: “Essentially” zero doesn’t mean “literally” zero.

According to a 2014 CDC study published in the journal AIDS, an HIV positive man on ART has just a 0.2 percent chance of passing on the virus to his female partner over the course of one year.

And if he adds condoms to the mix, that risk drops to 0.05 percent.

However, even if the virus remains undetectable, the HIV still exists in your body.

And it’s possible that you can test as “undetectable” in your blood, but still have higher levels in your semen.

In fact, according to a 2014 study from France, HIV was detected in 8 percent of semen samples given from HIV-positive men, even though their blood tested clear of it.

“Whether or not that can lead to transmission is still unknown,” Dr. Urbina says.

It’s also possible that your viral loads can fluctuate slightly from when you’ve taken the test. For instance, if you don’t take your meds for a few days, your viral load can go up, he says.

Plus, battling an infection—whether it’s something like the flu or a sexually transmitted disease—can increase your viral loads. So can getting a vaccine.

But again, the research hasn’t yet been done to determine what these little viral load blips mean for HIV transmission, says Dr. Urbina.

And that’s why sticking with a latex condom is still critical.

“Latex condoms are important to use because there is still a lot we don’t know,” he says. “And even though we have this data that shows the risk is really, really low, at least in certain populations, we still don’t know completely what factors can play into transmission at the individual level.”

What’s the ultimate lesson here?

For starters, if you haven’t already, get yourself tested for HIV.

It’s still a terrifying diagnosis, but with access to the right medication, HIV can be managed far more effectively now than during the 90s or even a decade ago.

“With treatments today, people living with HIV can and should live normal, healthy lives, with normal life expectancy,” Young says.

It’s important to note that costs can range up to several thousand dollars a month out of pocket for each medication, and often a combination of three or more drugs is necessary. Which may be one reason the disease hasn’t been eradicated yet.

In fact, while Sheen appears to be receiving very good care, even many Americans living with HIV are not: Less than 40% are on antiretroviral treatment and only 30% have achieved very low or “undetectable” levels of the virus, according to the CDC.

But secondly, if you have HIV, or any sexually transmitted disease, tell your partner.

Young’s general advice to his patients with HIV is “to expose their status to potential partners, but in the context of an informed conversation, which includes information around what being on treatment means, in terms of risk.”

Even if you think you can’t infect them—“Hey, I used a condom” or “I don’t have any visible sores, it’ll be fine”—they need to know.

It’s their right to know.

As for Olson, she expressed shock at just now discovering that Sheen was HIV positive, at the same time as the rest of the world.

“He doesn’t even value my life,” she told Stern.


Nov 15

Why Porn Shouldn’t Get The Blame For Charlie Sheen’s HIV Status

Why Porn Shouldn’t Get The Blame For Charlie Sheen’s HIV Status

Charlie Sheen – Even before Charlie Sheen went on the “Today” show Tuesday morning to officially reveal that he is HIV-positive, and that he had paid tens of millions of dollars in an attempt to keep that secret, rumors about the announcement had seemingly inspired the Internet to prove that humans are the absolute worst. Scores of people took to Twitter Monday to mock Sheen. There were sarcastic jokes at Sheen’s expense about “tiger’s blood” and “#winning,” of course, but another target soon emerged: porn performers. Dozens of tweets linked Sheen’s reported HIV status to his past dalliances with female porn stars.

“Given his love for pornstars, don’t think anybody is surprised,” wrote @WaywardBoy. A user by the name of @JustLivingBK tweeted, “Damn Charlie Sheen HIV positive. Messed with too many of those pornstars.” Wrote another, “Fuck around with porn stars … and you’re bound to have HIV.”

Are you, though? Sheen said on the “Today” show that he doesn’t know how he contracted HIV. It is possible that he got it from a porn star, but they would be no more likely to have the virus than any other person.

“There is obviously a misconception about porn stars, that we are ridden with disease, which is really absurd if you know anything about the industry,” says Chanel Preston, an adult performer and a founder of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. “We have an extremely rigorous testing system in place. There isn’t any other community that tests as frequently as we do.”

The so-called “straight side” of the industry currently mandates testing for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) every 14 days. The same cannot be said outside of the adult business: Less than half of the U.S. adult population has reported ever receiving an HIV test. Earlier this year, the CDC reported that less than one-fifth of teens and young adults had been tested recently.

This is part of why Eric Paul Leue, director of sexual health and advocacy at, says porn performers are “the safest population” there is. “If someone is trying to declare that you are more likely to become infected with HIV because you slept with an adult film performer, then that person is clearly misled by their own prejudice,” he says.

In fact, it has even been argued that the industry’s HIV rates are lower than the general population’s. There’s no peer-reviewed data on this, but the Competitive Enterprise Institute attempted to crunch the numbers based on 2009 data from the Centers for Disease Control and the Adult Industry Medical Center, the now-defunct testing center for the porn business. They estimated that the incidence of HIV was 0.0007 percent among porn performers, compared to 0.0016 percent in the general population. (There has been research finding a higher rate of other STIs in porn, but it has been contested by the industry.)

When it comes to HIV transmission, it is often people outside of the industry that porn stars worry about, not their rigorously-tested co-stars. “They’re much more cautious of sleeping with non-porn ‘civilians’ than they are other performers,” says Mike Stabile, a spokesperson from the Free Speech Coalition, the trade association for the adult industry. “And if you look at the shooting moratoriums in the past few years, it bears out: they’re almost always triggered when someone attempts to return to work after contracting an STI off-set.”


Nov 15

Just to Remind Everyone

According to, an HIV positive person is considered “undetectable” when they have undergone antiretroviral therapy and their viral levels fall below a measurable point. One study indicated that early antiretroviral therapy could reduce the risk of HIV transmission by a whopping 96 percent. But that does not mean the virus has been cured and those who come in sexual contact with even an undetectable infected person are still at risk — as small as it may be — of contracting the disease.