This morning, actor Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV-Positive.

"It's a hard three letters to absorb,” Sheen explained on the Today Show. “It's a turning point in one's life.”

Of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, roughly one in seven does not know their HIV status. There are still 50,000 new infections each year, with one in four new infections occurring among youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Gay and bisexual men and transgender women, particularly of color, continue to bear the biggest burden.

"I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people and hopefully with what we're doing today others will come forward and say, ‘Thanks Charlie,’" he said.

HRC’s new resource, What Do I Do? A Handbook to Understanding Health & HIV, was designed to provide easy-to-read, up-to-date and actionable information about HIV prevention, treatment and care. Together, we can dismantle the stigma surrounding HIV, promote safer sex and maintain an open and honest dialogue by reading this handbook and sharing it with your sexual partners, loved ones, friends, family and social networks.

Check out the guide here and learn more about HRC’s work around HIV & AIDS here.


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