London, Aug. 10 : US actor Charlie Sheen, who opened up about being HIV-positive last November, has recently appealed to the other celebrities suffering from the fatal disease to come forward to help lift its stigma.
In an interview with German Playboy, the 'Two and a Half Men' star said the popular people, who are infected with the AIDS, have a responsibility to speak out, reports the Daily Mail.
"There is a lot of prejudice against HIV-positive people and I hope to change that. It would be good if more celebrities announced that they are infected with HIV. That would help things," said the 50-year-old actor. The 'Platoon' actor went on saying how people praise him for accepting his medical condition and being open about it.
"People approach me on the street and congratulate me on having the courage. But it's like whether I want to or not, It is important to teach about sexually transmitted diseases," he said.
Sheen also disclosed that he had left all his bad-boy ways and now intends to make productive use of his life.
"I want to stay healthy and do good. I want to make peace with the past, live in the present and look toward the future," he said..