'IT'S A HARD THREE LETTERS'

Video: Charlie Sheen Says, In Fact, He Is HIV-Positive

By Jason Marshall

 

Just one day after tabloids named Charlie Sheen as being part of an "AIDS cover up," the Two and a Half Men star told TODAY's Matt Lauer that he is HIV-positive.

"I'm here to admit that I am, in fact, HIV-positive," Sheen says at the top of the interview. "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life."

 

 

He continues, "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."

"It started [roughly four years ago] with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches," he said after being asked when he was diagnosed. "I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over."

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And when it comes to his sexual partners post-diagnosis, Sheen claims that only two were instances of unprotected sex and that both were informed of his health beforehand. They've also been under the care of the same doctor handling the actors treatment. 

#ICYMI: After news broke yesterday, a report from TMZ claimed Charlie's viral load is "undetectable." That means that he hasn't been cured of the virus, that isn't possible, but his risk of infecting others is "enormously reduced."

Those protections didn't stop him from spending millions of dollars to keep this secret, something he says won't be happening any longer. 

"What people forget is that its money taken from my children," he expressed about the blackmail he's been prisoner to. "I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason."

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"I think I release myself from this prison today," said the 50-year-old actor.

On top of the financial relief, the Scary Movie 5 star also realizes the fact that a lot of people are going to be looking to him for help in removing the stigma around HIV. 

"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," he concludes. 

You can watch the full Charlie's full interview here

 

 

tags: Charlie Sheen, Today, Matt Lauer, Interview, HIV