In a surpise to no one who follows the public statements of the comedic actress and former Playboy model who rose to infamy by convincing thousands vaccinations caused her son's Autism, Jenny McCarthy expressed outrage that Charlie Sheen had not disclosed his HIV status to her when she played his girlfriend on Two and a Half Men.
On her Sirius XM radio show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny, McCarthy claimed that Sheen's nondisclosure what part of a double standard in Hollywood because she had to disclose whether she had herpes while playing his love interest for eight episodes from 2007 to 2011.
"I don't even know how to feel about that," she said. "I'm like, 'Wait a second. If I have to be upfront about a herpe, how could you not be upfront about HIV?"
McCarthy did acknowledge that she knew HIV could not be spread by saliva or casual contact, but persisted in her right to know Sheen's status.
Sheen's manager fired back that dispite her concern, the actor was not HIV positive at the time the two worked together.
"Charlie was infected long after he left Two and a Half Men and long after he worked with Jenny." Sheen's manager Mark Burg told People.
Still, McCarthy doubled down on her comments in a written statement she posted on Twitter.
"Every actress (and actor for that matter) must disclose hundreds of personal health matters before ever being allowed to set foot on a film set," she said. "Yet an actor who interacts physically with dozens of actresses in intimate scenes, is not required to disclose that he has HIV?
"I'm aware HIV is not spread through kissing," she continued. "but I also believe if an actress has to disclose all her personal business before kissing a male costar, that actor should be required to disclose something a [sic] major as an HIV infection too."
The confusion over why disclosing herpes, a disease that can be spread via kissing, is required and disclosing HIV is not is certainly par for the course for McCarthy, but her comments touch on the stigma HIV-positive people face everyday.