Charlie Sheen’s HIV status and the dawn of the era of medical-data blackmail

November 17, 2015 6:31 PM

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Charlie Sheen’s HIV status and the dawn of the era of medical-data blackmail

When Charlie Sheen spoke out Tuesday on the "Today" show, the big news wasn't that he is HIV-positive. It was that he had been blackmailed for upwards of $10 million by people who threatened to reveal the information to the public. "I release myself from this prison today," the actor said.

While the health information of ordinary Americans may not command as high of a price as a wealthy celebrity's, opportunistic criminals are beginning to resort to similar schemes targeted at anyone who might potentially be hurt or embarrassed if others had access to information about their mental il...

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