Charlie Sheen appeared on Today Tuesday (Nov. 17) morning to confirm persistent rumors that he is HIV positive in an interview with Matt Lauer.
“I have to admit than I am, in fact, HIV positive,” Sheen said at the outset. The actor revealed he contracted the virus “roughly four years ago” and since then has been the “victim of betrayal and extortion,” admitting he’s paid about $10 million to people he trusted with his secret — some of whom he had sexual relations with post-diagnoses — who threatened to reveal it.
Sheen directly addressed the “horrible, mercurial stories about me threatening the health of so many others, which couldn’t be further from the truth.”
According to the former Two and a Half Men star, he’s told everyone he’s had sex with since the diagnosis — which he acknowledged included prostitutes — about his HIV positive status before having sex, “no exceptions.”
When Lauer asked if he could have “knowingly or unknowingly” transmitted it to anyone, he replied, “Impossible.” Still, he admitted he’s had unprotected sex with two people since then, “But the two people I did that with were under the care of my doctor and warned ahead of time.”
As for Sheen’s doctor, he stopped by the Today show and assured Lauer that Sheen’s virus count is low and he does not have AIDS.
Concerning the rumored lawsuits that are coming Sheen’s way, he admits, “I’m sure that’s next.” Addressing the more vicious accusations, he said it was false “that I knew I had AIDS and was intentionally spreading it. That’s as far from the truth as anything could be.”
Sheen admitted he “was doing a lot of drugs, drinking way too much, made bad decisions” when he contracted HIV, but said needles were not involved. As for his infamous bravado, Sheen said, “If there was one guy on this planet to contract this that’s gonna deliver a cure, it’s me. Seriously.”