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Jenny McCarthy calls out Charlie Sheen for lack of transparency with HIV status

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Tharadjyne Orisma
Jenny McCarthy arrives for the 42nd annual American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles in 2014. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Jenny McCarthy arrives for the 42nd annual American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles in 2014. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

CHICAGO, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Jenny McCarthy is not one to let her opinion go unmentioned.

In the wake of actor Charlie Sheen's shocking revelation about being HIV positive during a Today show interview Tuesday, the actress and radio show host said that she thinks Sheen should have told her about his HIV status years ago.

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TV Guide reported that McCarthy, who hosts the show Dirty, Sexy, Funny on SiriusXM radio, was upset about Sheen's lack of transparency when referring to the time she spent playing his love interest on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men back in 2007 to 2011.

"I look back and I'm like, 'Okay, that would have been some valuable information,'" she says. "Look how many people have played his love interest on the show. I mean, not that you can obviously get it through kissing, but still, that's a big deal."

"If I have to be upfront about a herp, how could you not be upfront about HIV," she said.

However, Sheen's manager, Mark Burg, told People magazine that it was impossible for Sheen to warn her about his condition because he contracted the virus two years after he left the show in 2011.

But that didn't stop McCarthy from taking to Twitter to point out what she thinks is a double standard in Hollywood.

"Every actress (and actor for that matter) must disclose hundreds of personal health matters before ever being allowed to set foot on a film set," she tweeted Thursday.

The comedian went on to clarify the prior statements she made on air.

"The point I raised about Charlie Sheen on my Sirius radio show, had nothing to do with whether or not I think he put me at risk," McCarthy included in the tweet.

"Yet an actor who interacts physically with dozens of actresses in intimate scenes, is not required to disclose that he has HIV? I am very aware that HIV is not spread through kissing, but I also believe that if an actress has to disclose all of her business before kissing a male costar, that actor should be required to disclose something [as] major as an HIV infection too."

But McCarthy did end the long message by acknowledging Sheen's right to privacy.

"His disclosures in his personal life are none of my business, and are for him to reconcile with the people he interacted with privately. I am not one of them."

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