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In a TODAY Show exclusive with Matt Lauer this week, Charlie Sheen has spoken out – admitting that he is HIV positive. The actor got detailed in the interview, sharing that when he initially got sick, 4 years ago, he was experiencing migraines and bed sweats that landed him in the hospital; it was at that point he was diagnosed.
In the interview Matt Lauer gets pretty personal, asking Charlie questions such as why he continued to see prostitutes even after he started being blackmailed by them, and whether he had disclosed his diagnosis to every sexual partner that he had since. Charlie confirmed that everyone he had been intimate with since the diagnosis was fully aware of the HIV.
It seems that part of the reason why Charlie felt the need to speak out about this, is that he was paying out millions of dollars to keep certain people in his life quiet who were threatening to leak the diagnosis to the press. Taking the situation into his own hands, he decided the time was best to share the information himself.
“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.”
Luckily Charlie’s access to antiretroviral medication has suppressed the virus in his blood to the point that it is currently undetectable by standard tests. That means that the odds of developing AIDS or having any complications are quite low. It’s also almost impossible to spread the virus when it’s in a suppressed state.
Charlie sounded confident that the admission would move his life in a positive direction, saying,”That’s my goal. That’s not my only goal. I think I release myself from this prison today.”