This morning, Charlie Sheen revealed that he is HIV-positive. In an engrossing interview with Matt Lauer on The TODAY Show, Sheen disclosed that he was diagnosed four years ago after he suffered cluster headaches, migraines, and incessant night sweats. “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in your life,” he said.
Sheen said he’s been a victim of betrayal and extortion by “unsavory” people who have tried to out his HIV status over the past four years. Despite being HIV positive, Sheen admitted he’s continued to have sexual contact with multiple partners and prostitutes, but every encounter has been protected. He told Lauer that he’s paid people millions to keep silent about his diagnosis. “My trust turned into their treason,” he says.
A prostitute even took a photo of his anti-retroviral medication in his medicine cabinet after he’d disclosed his status before sex, and threatened to leak the photo for money. He hopes that his TODAY announcement will end the extortion. “I’ve released myself from this prison today,” Sheen says.
Lauer confronted Sheen explicitly about any possibility that he’s infected a partner since being aware of his diagnosis, and Sheen was adamant that it’s impossible for him to have transmitted the disease. He did admit that he’s had unprotected sex with two partners since being diagnosed, but both were under his doctor’s care. Sheen doesn’t know when he contracted the disease.
Sheen’s personal physician said that he does not have AIDS, and his HIV levels are virtually undetectable.
Watch Sheen’s interview and stunning admission below.
SOURCE: TODAY | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty