Jenny McCarthy was born on November 1, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. She started as a model, appearing in Playboy. She then started acting and has a varied career. She has also become an outspoken activist against childhood vaccinations. She felt that vaccines caused her son's autism, because of the mercury content in them. She has sought controversial treatments for him. As of April 2013, there is no evidence to support that Jenny McCarthy is HIV positive.