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Celebrities Who Have Lived With HIV, From Charlie Sheen to Chuck Panozzo

Prevention Logo By Nicol Natale of Prevention | Slide 1 of 11: More than 1 million Americans are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yet about 15 percent aren't aware that they have the condition. That's why many HIV-positive celebrities, like Charlie Sheen and Greg Louganis, have come forward about their diagnosis in hopes raising awareness and encouraging people to get tested. The good news is that the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV each year is decreasing and new treatments are promising thanks to major scientific advancements, according to the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF). Still, HIV and AIDS remain two highly stigmatized illnesses, which is why these 10 celebrities have been crucial in breaking down barriers.

More than 1 million Americans are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yet about 15 percent aren't aware that they have the condition. That's why many HIV-positive celebrities, like Charlie Sheen and Greg Louganis, have come forward about their diagnosis in hopes raising awareness and encouraging people to get tested. The good news is that the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV each year is decreasing and new treatments are promising thanks to major scientific advancements, according to the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF). Still, HIV and AIDS remain two highly stigmatized illnesses, which is why these 10 celebrities have been crucial in breaking down barriers.

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