After Charlie Sheen’s HIV Status, What You Need to Know About the Disease

After Charlie Sheen’s HIV Status, What You Need to Know About the Disease

In the wake of Charlie Sheen's revelation on Today that he is HIV-positive, medical experts affirm that life for those diagnosed has changed significantly, and for the better, in the decades since news of the autoimmune disease first emerged.
On Tuesday morning, Sheen told Matt Lauer that he currently has an undetectable amount of the virus in his blood and that none of his sexual partners have contracted the disease from him. PEOPLE sought out two experts to help clarify a few key facts about the disease, the first of which is that the prognosis for people like Sheen who are living with and receiving treatment for HIV is more positive now than it's ever been.

Bulgari Sponsors Exclusive ETAF Cocktail in London

Bulgari Sponsors Exclusive ETAF Cocktail in London

Bulgari sponsored the exclusive cocktail that took place October 12 at the Getty Images Gallery, London to announce The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) partnering with other organizations to achieve the UNAIDS 90­90­90 target in Malawi's Mulanje District. The initiative has the goal of fast­tracking the end of AIDS by 2030. The event was co­hosted by actor and ETAF Ambassador Colin Farrell. Singer/songwriter and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Annie Lennox closed the program of the cocktail. The Getty Images Gallery also holds the major 50 ­piece photographic exhibition titled ‘Grit and Glamour’, inaugurated on October 9th and running until November 7th to mark 30 years since the unforgettable actress began her commitment to fighting AIDS.

No Room For Friendly Fire

No Room For Friendly Fire

I was diagnosed with HIV in late 1991. Shortly after, I joined a support group in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Damien Center. The people I met there had lost everything for disclosing their status-family, friends, jobs, housing. I felt grateful, and guilty at times, listening to others’ sad stories of loss and what they were afraid of losing–because I knew that I was supported in all areas of my life. I knew then that I had an obligation to share my HIV status on as many public stages as I could. My mission was (and still is) to tell my experience in an authentic and direct way.

ETAF Announces New Commitment to Fast-Track End of AIDS Epidemic

ETAF Announces New Commitment to Fast-Track End of AIDS Epidemic

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) STOPAIDS, and Actor Colin Farrell hosted an event at Getty Images Gallery last week to announce a unified commitment to achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal in Malawi’s Mulanje District. The ambitious yet achievable 90-90-90 target conceived by UNAIDS calls for rapid scale-up of proven HIV interventions so that by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV are diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed begin treatment, and 90% on treatment worldwide reach viral suppression. Targeting the hardest-hit, least supported and most difficult-to-reach communities is vital to reach this goal.

Celebrities Channel Elizabeth Taylor to Raise Awareness for AIDS

Celebrities Channel Elizabeth Taylor to Raise Awareness for AIDS

A new PSA released Tuesday by GLAAD and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), and previewed exclusively by MSNBC, opens with an excerpt from Taylor’s historic speech at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. “Each day, around the world, 5,000 people are infected with HIV,” the Academy Award-winning actress said at the time.

Check Out Glamorous, Rarely Seen Photos of Elizabeth Taylor

Check Out Glamorous, Rarely Seen Photos of Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor made headlines with her treasure chest of jewels and her eight marriages, but three years after her death, it's her fight to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS that has made a lasting impression.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the star's activism, a new photo retrospective, opening at the Getty Images Gallery in London on Oct. 9, reveals rare, behind-the-scenes images (some never before seen) of the glamorous star. In the three exclusive pictures seen here, Taylor is pictured with some of the men she treasured most.

Never-Before-Seen Photos of Elizabeth Taylor Will Be on View in London

Never-Before-Seen Photos of Elizabeth Taylor Will Be on View in London

Elizabeth Taylor is remembered for many things: her timeless films, her many marriages, her many jewels, and, of course, those violet eyes. One of her most enduring legacies, however, was her commitment to HIV/AIDS activism. In the mid-80s, when few dared to even mention the epidemic in public, Taylor was among the first celebrities to draw attention to the disease. She went on to co-fund amfAR in 1985 and then The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which have raised millions of dollars for the cause.

Elton John and ETAF Are Teaming Up to Help Young Kenyans Battling HIV

Elton John and ETAF Are Teaming Up to Help Young Kenyans Battling HIV

Thirty years ago actor Rock Hudson's life was claimed by AIDS at the age of 60.

Today, the need remains for more HIV/AIDS awareness and support worldwide.

In an effort to increase and improve treatment for the deadly disease, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has teamed up with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to fund a project in Kisumu, Kenya, and help the 10,000 untreated adolescents living with HIV by the end of 2017.

Iconic Actress Elizabeth Taylor Helped New Orleans after Katrina

Iconic Actress Elizabeth Taylor Helped New Orleans after Katrina

The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has come and gone, but what you may not know is 10 years ago, in the storm's aftermath, an internationally known celebrity was quietly working to help us rebuild.

It was Elizabeth Taylor. And recently, her granddaughter came to New Orleans to see what she had done.