Perhaps equally shocking for many was that he said he continued to have sex — and said he was confident he hadn't infected anyone else.
New York state's department of health says a fairly simple effort helped to get the word out.
The program included a kit sent to primary care doctors as well as an organized community outreach program.
It's been on the market since 2012 and has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2014. "Pr EP isn't reaching many people who could benefit from it, and many providers remain unaware of its promise," said CDC Director Dr. "With about 40,000 HIV infections newly diagnosed each year in the U.
S., we need to use all available prevention strategies." Sheen's doctor, Dr.
"I did not know about a prophylactic medication that you could take as an HIV-negative person," Bruce told NBC News.
"It's pretty cool." The CDC released a survey Tuesday that showed 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual adult men - or more than 490,000 men — could benefit from Pr EP.
She told Howard Stern that Sheen never told her, and she only learnt about it on Tuesday, with the rest of the world. "For a year." She said Sheen, an infamous ladies' man, wanted to use lambskin condoms – an alternative to latex ones, which, the manufacturers claim, prevent pregnancy but do not stop the passing on of sexually-transmitted diseases. The couple broke up a fortnight before Sheen returned home after a 20-city tour in May 2011, friends told TMZ.
Asked if she wants an apology from him, she said: “I don’t want it. It wasn't until he got back that he discovered he carried the virus.
That in itself can protect his sexual partners from infection. Bruce said she knew that HIV cocktails could keep patients healthy and protect their partners from infection.
She didn't know there was a drug option for her, too, even though she has worked as a nurse and is more up-to-date on medical options than most Americans are.
Sheen's other girlfriend at the time, Natalie Kenly, told TMZ she also did not know the actor had the virus.