Charlie Sheen disclosed last week on the Today show that he was infected with the AIDS virus. During the interview, Mr. Sheen denied knowingly having unprotected sex without the other persons knowledge.
Under Tennessee criminal law, person is person commits the offense of criminal exposure of another to HIV, hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) when knowing that the person is infected with HIV, HBV or with HCV, the person knowingly engages in intimate contact with another. It is not a defense that the sexual contact was protected. It is a defense that the person consented to the sexual act with knowledge that the person was infected. See T.C.A. 39-19-109
it is a Class C felony for exposure to HIV. A Class C felony carries a full range of punishment from 3-15 years. Exposure to hepatitis is a misdemeanor.