Denise Richards Has Long Known Charlie Sheen is HIV-Positive

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Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen's second ex-wife and mother of his daughters Sam and Lola, has long known Sheen is HIV-positive. A source confirmed this to People magazine shortly after the topic of tomorrow's announcement on the Today Show made news.

"She's known Charlie was HIV-positive for a number of years," the source says.

"He was infected after they divorced, and they haven't been intimate since," the source adds. "Neither she nor their daughters [Sam, 11, and Lola, 9] are HIV-positive."

It was earlier on Monday when rumors ran rampant about Charlie Sheen's upcoming announcement. After a few hours, several outlets confirmed he is HIV-positive and that likely will be announced tomorrow.

Denise Richards divorced Charlie Sheen back in 2005. The two were married for about three years. Their divorce was deemed final in 2006.

Howard Bragman is a Hollywood publicist and crisis manager. He has never dealt directly with either Charlie Sheen or Denise Richards. He claims "the interview could open up a lot of sympathy for him, but he has to be concerned about a fear of litigation from former sexual partners. You don't take that lightly."

Bergman has been told by people close to Sheen that he "is getting treatment, and a lot of people in his life know about it."

"It's been going on for quite awhile. He's not necessarily comfortable talking about it. It was very hard to get up the courage for him to talk about it," he adds.

Denise Richards is in a rather tenuous situation with this announcement on the horizon. Daughters Sam and Lola are 11 and nine, respectively--smart enough to understand what HIV is, and the implications that go with it.

While it's uncertain whether Charlie Sheen contracted HIV during unprotected sex or IV drug use, Denise Richards will likely be having a very serious conversation with her daughters. Hopefully Charlie Sheen will be a part of that, too--if the two are even speaking. He recently dissed Denise Richards via Twitter, so the two may not be on the best of terms.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.