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Yesterday, the Internet was full of speculation, but there were no concrete answers to what Charlie Sheen‘s big announcement would be on the Today Show this morning. And then he sat down with Matt Lauer and revealed everything.

“I am here to admit that I am, in fact, HIV-positive,” stated Sheen. “I have to put a stop to this mirage of attacks of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me that are threatening the health of so many others.”

Sheen admitted that he found out “roughly four years ago.” And if you remember what Sheen was like four years ago, it wasn’t a good time. He was on a downward spiral, freshly fired from Two and a Half Men and had many publicized meltdowns, with words like “warlock” and “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA” and the ever-so-cringeworthy and overused “winning” flying out of his mouth. It was a crazy time. And while Sheen insisted that was more of a “roid rage,” he admitted that finding out about his HIV status was “on the heels of that” rage. Charlie said he’s not sure how he contracted the disease but it had nothing to do with “needles and that whole mess.” He simply realized something wasn’t right, health-wise. “It started with what I thought was this series of crushing headaches and migraines and sweating the bed,” Sheen shared. “I thought I had a brain tumour. After a spinal test, they said, ‘This is what’s going on … It’s a turning point in one’s life.”

Various media outlets have confirmed that several of his exes, including ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller, were aware of his diagnosis (and they, and their children, have tested negative). Others claim to have had no prior knowledge of Sheen’s HIV-positive status.

In a letter Sheen wrote to Lauer ahead of their interview, Charlie said that he’s “always led with condoms and honesty” when it came to his condition and told Matt that he has always disclosed his HIV status to his sexual partners and never knowingly passed the virus on to anyone else. He admitted that he has had unprotected sex with two partners since finding out he is HIV positive, both were aware of his diagnosis and have been under the care of his doctor. Now he just wants to stop the unsavoury people in his life from trying to capitalize off of him. By owning his truth, he feels he’s now out of a prison in which people were constantly threatening to sell his story to tabloids.


Now that his diagnosis has been made public, Sheen told Lauer, “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 may come forward and say, ‘Thanks, Charlie. Thanks for kicking the door open.'”

His goal now: to find a cure.


Now this is a Charlie we can get on board with.

To learn more about HIV/AIDS and to contribute in the fight against the diseases, visit CANFAR.