Activist actor Martin Sheen says he sat by the bedside of a childhood friend with AIDS for the man's final four days last year. 'I don't know anyone in my profession ... who has not been touched by this dreaful disease,' he said at a New York news conference Friday.
Sheen and an official from the Department of Health denounced a report by sexologists Masters and Johnson that said AIDS can be spread through casual contact, with Sheen saying the report 'takes us back to square one. It's feeding paranoia and fear. It is very dangerous and counterproductive.' Sheen also said his movie production company, Symphony, will make a television film about the Ray family in Arcadia, Fla., whose house was burned down after they fought and won the right to keep their three hemophilic boys, who carried the AIDS virus, in school.