After news surfaced that Charlie Sheen is HIV Positive, the actor opened up about his diagnosis and the reason he wanted to speak out about it.
"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 me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn't be further from the truth," he told Matt Lauer on Today Tuesday morning.
Charlie found out he had the disease about four years ago, saying, "It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over." After the 50-year-old actor was rushed to the hospital, he was told he was HIV Positive. "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life."
The former Anger Management star doesn't know how he contracted the virus, but added that he told people about his diagnosis that he thought he could trust, but has ended up paying "upwards of $10 million" to keep his diagnosis a secret as a result.
"What people forget is that that's money they're taking from my children," he said. "I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason." Charlie said he hoped by sharing his story on Today, all of the extortion would come to an end.
"That's my goal," he said. "That's not my only goal. I think I release myself from this prison today," For his treatment, Charlie takes "four pills every day," and the virus is "undetectable" in his blood, according to his physician, Dr. Robert Hulzenga, who also appeared on the show.
Charlie added that he has told all of his sexual partners about his diagnosis since he found out, and has only had unprotected sex with two women who were "warned ahead of time" about it and were under the care of his doctor.