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Charlie Sheen Confirms he is HIV Positive on the ‘Today’ Show | Watch his Revealing Interview

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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Charlie Sheen

For weeks there had been rumours circulating about a Hollywood actor who was HIV positive and have possibly infected his numerous sexual partners or put them at risk by not informing them of his status.

Last night the name of the actor was leaked to be Charlie Sheen when he stated he’d be appearing on the ‘Today’ show to talk about personal things.

Since the news broke his exes like Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller have come out to say they are not HIV positive.

In his interview on the ‘Today’ show with Matt Lauer, he discusses how he’d known about his diagnosis for about four years after suffering headaches and sweating.

The Revelation

He started off saying “I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive. I have to put a stop to this barrage of attacks and sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me that threaten the health of so many others. [It] couldn’t be farther from the truth. 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 sand say, ‘Thanks, Charlie. Thanks for kicking the door open.”

How He Found Out

He added “[I was diagnosed] based on this series of cluster headaches and insane migraines and sweating the bed, completely drenched two, three nights in a row, that I was emergency hospitalized. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over. After a battery of tests and spinal taps, all that crap, they walked in the room and said, ‘Boom. Here’s what’s going on.’ It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life.”

Blackmail & Millons of Dollars in Hush Money

During the interview he also admits paying people millions to keep his secret quiet. According to him, he is at a stage where it is impossible to transmit the disease to anyone.

Charlie stated that when he revealed his HIV status to friends “the truth became treason”, leading to “blackmail and extortion and a circle of deceit”.

Sex while HIV+

He admitted that he has had unprotected sex while HIV+, however, the 2 people were aware and under the care of his doctor. He says that his viral load is too low for HIV to be transmitted from him. He has mentioned that all his sexual partners since his diagnosis have been informed about his status.

“Dangerous Behaviour”

Charlie revealed that after his diagnosis, he descended into an “abyss” of drugs and other dangerous activities.

Our View

It is great that Charlie has revealed his status. Based on the interview, efforts to keep his HIV status a secret have obviously caused him a lot of distress and money. While everyone has a right to keep their HIV status private, it is important that being HIV positive should not carry a stigma. We hope that more people will get tested and find out their status.

Watch the interview below.


Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

21 Comments

  1. Idomagirl

    November 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Oh wow! 4 years?? 🙁
    I feel so bad for him, but with the money he has and access to great doctors he’ll still have an okay life (like Magic Johnson).

    It’s a good thing he opened up, I can’t imagine the additional stress of dealing with blackmailers.

    • Kaeto

      November 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Bad about what?
      We all need to get rid of this disease. By coming out and saying our status( if positive) and ensuring people around us our aware. So nobody mistakenly harms anybody or gets careless with knives and drunkness. There is no pleasure, satisfaction in multiple sex creatures.

  2. Shoogah

    November 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I think it is very sad that anyone will use someone’s demise to extort money from them…….this world we live in is a very sad one. May God help us all.

  3. Mamacita

    November 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    This: “Charlie stated that when he revealed his HIV status to friends “the truth became treason”, leading to “blackmail and extortion and a circle of deceit”. God protect me from my friends, my enemies I can handle! Hian!!!!!!!

  4. ATL's finest

    November 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Bless his ♥… His friends are just devilish.. God abeg push such animals away from me cuz my enemies are too easy to take care of ..

  5. mary

    November 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    so people even agreed to have unprotected sex with him even when they knew his status because they believed his viral load is very low to infect anyone. good luck to all of them.

    • toto

      November 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      your more likely to get infected by someone who does NOT know their status versus somebody who does. Of course that doesn’t mean just because one is HIV + they should have unprotected sex even with the right medication (they could still re-infect themselves with a different strain , however if your viral load is low then your chances of infecting someone are pretty slim.

    • Sass

      November 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Do not be ignorant. I have always said I would rather Marry an HIV + person rather than an AS genotype person as as am also AS.
      Once the viral load is undetectable you can’t infect someone. Plus there are many couples that are one negative and one positive ( I have forgotten the scientific name) and are doing fine.
      Being HiV + is not a death sentence.

    • Anonymous

      November 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      They’re called a sero-discordant couple.

  6. Bruness

    November 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    It’s a good thing he came out, your status is your private business but in his case it was his demon but now it’s like a breathe of fresh air and he’ll devout time to taking care of himself and helping others. Feel sorry for him, I enjoyed watching him in 2 and 1/2 men.

  7. Cheezy

    November 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    What kind of world is this? “Friends” indeed! He should out those so called friends and how much he paid each one one of them!

  8. Ginika

    November 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Charlie Sheen the legend who had slept with over hundreds of ladies? I just hope that guys gunning for such legendary status and honorary title will chill a bit with thus particular goal in life.

    • Mamacita

      November 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      @ Ginika, not just ladies o, if what I read is correct men, women, trans men, trans women, if it had a hole dude stuck his peepee into it. Front ways, back ways, sideways, maybe even ears, dude was “all up in it”. His entourage was made up of drug dealers and prostitutes. Imagine! Reducing his value to nothing.

      My question to all men is; does sleeping with everything and anything make you more of a man? Your “body count”, how does it increase your bank balance? Call me old school but I do not understand…

  9. Foxtrot

    November 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Why is someones personal medical diagnosis headline news?

  10. Felinda

    November 17, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Way overdue. What did you expect with all those porn stars you were frolicking with and all the drugs and needles. i dont feel sorry for you Charlie
    This is for all your sins of pedophilia with numerous hollywood kids thats white hollywood covers up and will only talk about Bill cosby raping other women. Charlie Sheen is a pedophile to many young hollywood kids (boys especially) which has led to death of some. He is well protected cos most Hollywood big wigs are all in on it too, They do is most of the kids in hollywood. If you are thinking “what is this girl talking about” – then take several seats in a empty stadium cos you dont know nothing, Yo u have no clue , the things that go on in hollywood. You will cringe if you knew – the least. The media will never tell you. These big shot hollywoodians are all protected because they all belong to the same “cliq”. I feel sorry for those still in denial and still worship these fools call celebrities. I use to be like you,Until i learnt a whole lot 7 yrs ago, now i dont have respect for ANY hollywood celebrity, not a single one.

  11. ese

    November 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Wow! Must have been so hard for him. But it didnt have to come to this, its so sad.

  12. jwezee

    November 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Exactly banging 30 women in 1 month would not make you more of a man.. It would Polly add to your problem, not just std,HIV etc , all manner and sorts of aural energy that one can pass thought your body during sex alone can pack you up.. Notice you see a 19 year old girl who has multiple sex partners looking like a 40year old woman…. Sex with a person thats not your spouse has its results.. Good or bad..p.s say no to drugs also

  13. Passerby

    November 17, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    He comes across as an incredibly honest but troubled soul. I pray he finds peace

    • Idomagirl

      November 17, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Very troubled indeed.

  14. Umbrella

    November 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Oyibo people can be truthful sometimes o…..naija celeb will rather carry this kain secret enter grave….

  15. mabel

    November 18, 2015 at 10:08 am

    That’s because Nigerians can discriminate for the whole of Africa. If na Naija celeb just be sure that person will not get to act again. It’s a crazy world we live and craziest in Nigeria.

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