Hollywood, California – Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen has admitted to having HIV. In a recent interview on NBC’s Today show, Sheen said he was diagnosed as HIV-positive about four years ago.
He told that that the few people who knew of his condition demanded money to keep the secret.
“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive,” Sheen told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “And 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 the [alleged] threatening the health of so many others, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
The 50-year-old actor says he’s not sure how he contracted the virus, but says the diagnosis came after suffering a series of night sweats and headaches.
“After a battery of tests … they walked in the room and said, ‘Boom, here’s what’s going on,'” Sheen said.
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” he said. “It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
Since being diagnosed, he says he has informed every sexual partner and said it’s “impossible” he transferred the virus to anyone else.
Sheen was accompanied on the show by his doctor, Robert Huizenga, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at UCLA. He was asked if Sheen had AIDS.
“Charlie does not have AIDS,” Huizenga said. “AIDS is a condition where the HIV virus markedly suppresses the immune system and you are susceptible to rare, difficult cancers and infections. Charlie has none of those. He is healthy; he does not have AIDS.”
Sheen admitted to having paid more than $10 million for people he thought he trusted to keep his secret. When asked if he would continue paying them, the actor simply replied, “Not after today, I’m not.”