Wednesday 21 August 2019

Charlie Sheen’s ex-partner on why she had unprotected sex despite knowing about HIV-positive status

Amanda Bruce says she took medication to reduce the already low risk of infection

Amanda Bruce chose not to use protection. Photo: Getty Images
Amanda Bruce chose not to use protection. Photo: Getty Images
Actors Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen in 2011
Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen in 2006
Charlie Sheen with ex-lovers Bree Olson and Natalie Kenly in 2011
Charlie Sheen and ex-wife Brooke Mueller
Charlie Sheen appears on American morning TV show Today to admit he was diagnosed four years ago with HIV.
Charlie Sheen has announced he is HIV-positive
Heidi Fleiss and Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen on the Today Show to discuss his HIV status

One of Charlie Sheen’s former partners has explained why she chose to have sex with the actor without using protection after being told he is HIV-positive.

Amanda Bruce appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, a US medical talk show, where she claimed to have been in a relationship with the Two and a Half Men actor for eight months.

Sheen disclosed his HIV-positive status on Tuesday after weeks of speculation over his sexual health. He told NBC his treatment programme has rendered the virus ‘undetectable’ in his system and insisted it was “impossible” for him to have knowingly transmitted the virus to any of his sexual partners.

The 50-year-old admitted to having sex with two partners without using protection but claimed they were aware of his status beforehand and cared for by his doctors.

Sheen alleges he paid millions to keep people quiet about his diagnosis, which came four years ago after he was hospitalised with migraines and night-sweats.

He claims one sex worker went into his bathroom, photographed his anti-retroviral drugs and threatened to sell the pictures to the tabloids unless he paid her.

Bruce, a nurse, told Dr Oz she made the decision to have sex with Sheen without protection in order to feel closer to him and took PrEP(pre- exposure prophylaxisto) to reduce her risk of contracting HIV.

She said there is a still a social stigma surrounding HIV from when it was first discovered and treated as a “death sentence” but her medical knowledge reassured her that with proper medication, this is not the case.

“When you really love someone, you want to get close to them," she said. “I mean, if I had met him on one night, and we had decided to engage in this, I'd say, 'That's Russian Roulette'.

“The reality is, we had known each other for many months before we engaged in [sexual relations], and we were a couple, I was in love with him.”

Sheen’s doctor was also a guest on the show and said Bruce’s risk of infection was minimal - but not impossible.

"I was the doctor for her boyfriend, we called in other doctors and they felt the risk of transmission if she took the prophylaxis and he had undetectable level was minuscule. We can’t say it’s zero."

Sheen could face a number of lawsuits after revealing his HIV-positive status. Five women have reportedly hired lawyers and claim they were not informed of his diagnosis. Sheen insists he led with "condoms and honesty" and informed all sexual partners of his condition before sex.

Independent News Service

Also in this section