Charlie Sheen Confirms he is HIV positive and has know for four years

Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive in an explosive interview with Matt Lauer on Today.’I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,’ said Sheen. ‘It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life,’ he later added.

Sheen said that he learned he had the virus ‘roughly four years ago.’

His doctor, Robert Huizenga, later said he had been working with Sheen for five or six years and that the virus is now ‘undetectable’ in his blood.

Sheen also said that he was ‘not entirely’ sure how he contracted the virus and that he felt a huge sense of relief after publicly revealing his status.

It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches and insane migraines and sweating the bed completely drenched, two, three nights in a row,’ said Sheen of his first symptoms.

‘I was emergency hospitalized. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over.

‘After a battery of tests … they walked in the room and said “BOOM. Here’s what’s going on.”‘

Sheen said that he had told people that he trusted his status over the past few years, but also bought the silence of others.

‘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, that threaten the health of so many others that couldn’t be further from the truth,’ said Sheen.

‘We’re talking about shakedowns,’ Sheen said of some of the people he had been forced to pay to keep quiet.

‘I have paid those people. Not that many, but enough,’ he said.

‘I don’t want to guess wrong, but enough to bring into the millions. What people forget: that’s money they’re taking from my children; I’ve got five kids and a granddaughter.’

In a letter to Lauer written before his appearance, Sheen said; ‘In and around this perplexing and difficult time I dazedly choose or hired the companionship or unsavory or insipid types.

‘Regardless of their saltless reputations, I always led with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition.

‘Sadly, my truth soon became their treason as a deluge of blackmail and extortion took center stage in this circus of deceit.’

Sheen said that many of the people he was referring to in that letter did not have sexual contact with him, but rather discovered his status and threatened to reveal it to the world.

‘For some reason I trusted them, they were deep in my inner circle and I thought that they could be helpful,’ said Sheen.

‘And instead, as I wrote in my letter, my trust turned to their treason.’

Sheen admitted to Lauer that at one point a prostitute came to his home and after a sexual encounter took a photograph of his antiviral medication and then threatened to sell it to the tabloids.

‘After I told her, “Thank you for your time, we’re not going to see each other any more.”

‘It was after she spent the day at the health food store buying me herbal medications to help me.’

When asked if he was still paying anyone for their silence, Sheen said; ‘Not after today I’m not.’

He then said; ‘I think I release myself from this prison today.’

Lauer then asked Sheen why he continued to cavort with ‘unsavory’ characters even after some were able to successfully extort him.

‘Because I was so depressed by the condition I was in I was doing a lot of drugs. I was drinking. And I was making really bad decisions,’ said Sheen.

‘That part I own. 100 percent.’

He also said it was ‘impossible’ that he had transmitted the virus to anyone else.

Sheen said he was prepared to face lawsuits after his admission, but repeated once again he had always been honest about his status once he learned he had contracted the virus.

He also said that he had told his oldest daughter Cassandra a few nights before the interview that he was HIV positive and that his ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller had known for years.

He did not say if he had told his four youngest children.

Moving forward Sheen said; ‘I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people and hopefully with what we’re doing today others will come forward and say, thanks Charlie.’

Huizenga said that Sheen does not have AIDS but that he is still concerned for the actor’s health given his history of drug and alcohol abuse.

‘I’m not going to be the poster man for this, but I will not shun away from responsibilities,’ said Sheen.

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