If you don’t remember what gonorrhea is, it’s the sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria neisseria gonorrhoeae. While you won’t die from it, left untreated gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women and epididymitis in men – both, of which can lead to infertility. In addition, people with gonorrhea are more susceptible to contracting HIV.
Sheen has an undetectable viral load, meaning that he’s being treated and the virus cannot be found in his blood. He says he told all of his partners about his diagnosis before sex, and that he’s had unprotected sex with two people since being diagnosed. Leaving aside whether it’s ever a good idea to sleep with Charlie Sheen in the first place, is it true that HIV can’t be transmitted when the virus is undetectable? Related: What We Can Learn From Charlie Sheen’s Admission That He’s HIV-Positive Sheen’s doctor, Robert Huizenga, M.D., an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, appeared alongside the actor to explain that Sheen was immediately put on a treatment of anti-viral drugs following his diagnosis.