So, guess we know about the HIV then

The actor Charlie Sheen is to give an interview on the NBC Today Show to make a “revealing personal” announcement.

20 thoughts on “So, guess we know about the HIV then”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Even if he has slept with 5000 women, I would not have thought he had a significant risk. Drug use? He has been linked to transsexuals in the past so perhaps his sexual preferences are more fluid than you might think?

  2. SMFS: If all he was doing was the standard M/F stuff, you are probably right on the risk. But if he was routinely using the back-door access, then same risk as M/M.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Rob W – “If all he was doing was the standard M/F stuff, you are probably right on the risk. But if he was routinely using the back-door access, then same risk as M/M.”

    I think that the SJWs forced Wikipedia to take down the table showing relative risks. Not sure. But the danger is not anal sex but being the passive partner to anal sex. Presumably with a male. There is a higher risk to being the active partner but I don’t think it is that high.

    I doubt there are that many M/F transmissions involving anal sex.

  4. A great fan of the path seldom trod, I gather. Certainly with the ladies anyway. So it’s not really a surprise, is it, given the numbers allegedly involved? Too much, Charlie.

  5. He’s probably going to tell us he’s not going to be the person we expect him to be then smashing down the interview set in a crack fuelled rage and storming out into the night.

  6. Steve Crook – He’s probably going to tell us he’s not going to be the person we expect him to be then smashing down the interview set in a crack fuelled rage and storming out into the night.

    I love you.

    Then he’ll drift from town to town, using his crack cocaine superpowers to thwart small-town crooks and protect locals from unethical property developers and the like.

    At the end of each episode he’ll walk away while the Sad Hulk theme plays.

  7. SMFS,
    If HIV transmission was as difficult as you suggest, sub-saharan Africa wouldn’t be drowning in sufferers.

  8. Andrew M
    That’s a non-sequitur. Sub-saharan Africans may be behaviourally or genetically more susceptible.

  9. @Theophrastus
    “That’s a non-sequitur. Sub-saharan Africans may be behaviourally or genetically more susceptible”

    Of course it isn’t. Transmission rates are based on an average of the population, not on an individual.

  10. Not sure how HIV rates in sub-saharan Africa are at all relevant, unless Charlie’s been having sex with prostitutes at truck stops in Mozambique.

  11. So Much For Subtlety

    Andrew M – “If HIV transmission was as difficult as you suggest, sub-saharan Africa wouldn’t be drowning in sufferers.”

    Well first of all, it isn’t. At least there is no evidence it is. Second, in Africa HIV is likely accompanied by secondary infections. If you have herpes or syphilis and so have open sores on your genitals, your chances of infection are likely to be higher.

    Africa has been said to have huge HIV rates for decades. Yet their population continues to grow. Countries that cannot reliably provide aspirin to patients cannot seriously test them for HIV.

  12. As I understand it: HIV in Africa is a different subtype and the unusual prevalence is due to the delay between it’s initial spread and the discovery of the illness. It became endemic in some locations before anyone knew about it

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    John Square – “As I understand it: HIV in Africa is a different subtype and the unusual prevalence is due to the delay between it’s initial spread and the discovery of the illness. It became endemic in some locations before anyone knew about it”

    And yet the populations of those areas continues to grow. If something over 10% of the population of Swaziland actually had HIV thirty years ago, concentrated in the youngest and most sexually active portion of the population, you might expect population growth to have leveled off and for the country to be shrinking.

    But that might just be me.

  14. SMFS- what if the population growth would have been even more explosive without AIDS?

    Also: HIV doesn’t always (often? It’s been a while since I read the literature) cross the placenta, so HIV positive mums don’t always have HIV positive kids.

    Also HIV positive mums may have a significantly lower birth rate. If they contract HIV in their late teens, they may well be dead by 30 (untreated HIV gives a lifespan of c 10 years IIRC). I’d imagine that African women reproduce into their late 30’s in many bits of Africa, so their reproductive lifespan may be reduced by 50%, and thus the birthrate by 50%.

    (how’s that for ugly stats? :))

  15. Gunker

    “Of course it isn’t. Transmission rates are based on an average of the population, not on an individual.”

    But I am referring to population averages, not to individuals. AM suggested that we could infer from the incidence of HIV/AIDS in sub-saharans that the virus/syndrome afflicts all races equally. But it doesn’t, which does suggest some behavioural or genetic difference.

  16. There’s also some documented evidence that certain sexual practices very common in some African societies (dry sex) significantly impact the transmission rate because it greatly encourages damage to the internal surfaces.

    There are distinct sub-types of HIV as well, the South East Asian variety appears to have a significantly enhanced transmission through vaginal intercourse in both directions; as does the southern African sub-type. The version most common in the US (and western Europe) by contrast appears poorly adapted to spread via vaginal contact and in fact spreads almost exclusively via unprotected (or inadequately protected) anal sex though blood transmission through needle sharing does also occur.

    Sheen, assuming he has it, most likely has the US sub-type and thus most probably picked it up via homosexual contact. He may not know himself.

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