Charlie Sheen went on The Today Show and made the confession, saying “I am in fact HIV-positive” and that he knew about his condition four years ago.
In the interview with Matt Lauer, Sheen said;
“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive, 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.”
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” he said. “It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
He said he the diagnosis came after he suffered a series of migraines.
“After a battery of tests … they walked in the room and said, ‘Boom, here’s what’s going on,’ ” Sheen said.
He said he revealed the diagnosis to people he thought he trusted, but some of them demanded money to keep the information to themselves. He paid those people “in the millions,” he said.
“We’re talking about shakedowns,” he said. “I’ve paid those people — not that many.”
One of those people, he said was a prostitute who entered his bathroom, took a cellphone picture of his medication and threatened to sell the image to tabloids.
Asked if he would continue to pay the people he’d been paying, he said: “Not after today, I’m not.”