Charlie Sheen has met huge success in his acting career over the years, but has lately faced a lot of speculation about being HIV positive, which has affected both his life and that of his romantic partners. The actor finally decided to put an end to all the rumors by revealing the truth in a televised interview.
On Tuesday, November 17, Charlie Sheen took the time to sit down for an exclusive, tell-all interview with Today’s Matt Lauer. The former Two And A Half Men star revealed that he had been diagnosed HIV positive roughly four years ago. He went ahead to say that he had trusted a few people with the diagnosis, who he’s been paying out since and hurting his bank account to keep it a secret , but finally wanted to put an end to it. In his words:
I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn't be further from the truth. [...] What people forget is that that's money they're taking from my children. I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason.
Charlie Sheen made clear that he is not aware of how he contracted the virus, but he never knowingly gave it to any of his romantic partners. However, he did have unprotected sex with two people after the diagnosis, but both were aware and are being treated by his doctor. His physician explained that the actor is HIV positive, but does not have AIDS, which means the illness can be managed with life-long medication, despite the fact that a cure has yet to be found - Sheen takes four pills a day. His doctors are more afraid of a potential relapse or depression, rather than the HIV.
The actor admitted that he had a hard time telling it to his ex-wives and daughter, but managed to get through it. He’s hoping to put down the HIV stigma for good and help others, going as far as to say that if there’s a guy to contract it and find a cure, it’s him. In spite of the tough times, Charlie Sheen is positive about the future, revealing he’s talking with Sony about a new show and also has a bunch of films in the works, while he doesn’t blame the diagnosis for what took place behind-the-scenes with Two And A Half Men.