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Charlie Sheen interview with Matt Laurer confirms HIV diagnosis

It was announced yesterday that Charlie Sheen would sit down with Matt Laurer for an interview on the Today Show and it appears the rumors surrounding the actor turned out to be true for once. Sheen revealed that he is HIV-positive this morning during his Today Show interview, confirming the reports that have had the actor in the headlines over the past few weeks. Now the actor has stepped forward to talk about his diagnosis and the issues that many in his situation still face today.

Sheen spoke about coming to terms with his diagnosis saying, “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life.” According to Sheen’s interview, the actor first learned that he was HIV positive a little less than five years ago. It was at this time that Sheen was suffering from “insane” headaches, which he sought medical treatment for.

According to the interview, Sheen has paid millions of dollars to keep people quiet about his diagnosis, a sad footnote into our culture, but Sheen said that with the interview today, “I release myself from this prison.”

Sheen spoke about the “shakedowns” resulting in his privacy breech adding, “What people forget is that that’s money they’re taking from my children.” Sheen went on to say, “I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason.” Sheen also added that he was a “survivor,” telling Lauer that this is, “another chapter in my life.”

As for his current situation, Sheen’s doctor told the actor that he is generally healthy and that has an undetectable viral load of HIV. Since his diagnosis, Sheen has been vigilant and taking his daily dose of anti-retroviral HIV medication as prescribe. Sheen did admit that he has still been drinking on an occasional basis despite the diagnosis.

 

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