Charlie Sheen Reveals He’s HIV Positive

Charlie Sheen revealed that he’s HIV positive on the “Today” show Tuesday morning.

“I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,” the “Two and a Half Men” alum told Matt Lauer. “I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and sub-truths, and very harmful and mercurial stories that threaten the health of so many others that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Sheen said he was diagnosed with HIV about four years ago. He insisted that it was “impossible” that he could have transmitted the virus to someone else since his diagnosis, while acknowledging that he had unprotected sex during that time with two people.

The actor said that he thought he “had a brain tumor [and that] it was over” after being hospitalized for debilitating migraines.

“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” Sheen said. “It’s a turning point in one’s life.”

The actor said he had paid “millions” to unnamed individuals who had threatened to expose his HIV-positive status: “We’re talking about shakedowns.” Asked by Lauer if he was still paying those people, Sheen replied, “Not after today, I’m not. … I think I release myself from this prison today.”

“What people forget is that’s money they’re taking from my children,” Sheen added. “They think it’s just me, but I’ve got five kids and a granddaughter.”

Sheen returned for another segment, accompanied by his doctor, Robert Huizenga, who confirmed that Sheen is healthy and that there’s “an undetectable amount of the virus in his blood,” as Lauer called it.

“He was immediately put on treatment, strong antiviral drugs, which have suppressed the virus … to the point that he’s absolutely healthy from that vantage,” Huizenga said. “And my biggest concern with Charlie as a patient is substance abuse and depression from the disease more than what the HIV virus could do in terms of shortening his life, because it’s not going to.”


The NBC morning talk show announced on Monday that Sheen would be making a “revealing personal announcement” on Tuesday’s episode.

Sheen’s ex-wife, Denise Richards, first learned about his illness a “number of years” ago, Access Hollywood reported Monday. Richards — and her two daughters with Sheen — are not infected, as the actor contracted the virus after the couple’s 2006 divorce.

Sheen, 50, had a public meltdown in 2011, which ultimately cost him his starring role on the hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” He landed on his feet, however, with his FX comedy “Anger Management.” Sheen has remained out of the spotlight after FX decided not to renew the show in late 2014 after its 100th episode.

“I wish I could blame it on that,” Sheen said when Lauer asked if the meltdown was a reaction to his HIV diagnosis. “That was more of a ‘roid rage. But this was on the heels of that.”

The actor has long struggled with substance abuse and has admitted to soliciting prostitutes in the past, both of which led to several run-ins with the law. He suffered a stroke in 1998 after a cocaine overdose.

Sheen said during the interview that he hadn’t done intravenous drugs and was therefore unsure how he’d contracted the virus. The actor revealed that he’s no longer doing any drugs now, but is still drinking.

Lauer also read during the live show a letter Sheen sent to him.

“The news was a ‘mule kick’ to my soul,” Sheen wrote. “Those impossible words I absorbed and then tried to convince myself, that I was stuck, suspended, or even stranded inside some kind of alternate reality or nightmare, were to the absolute contrary. I was awake. It was true … reality.”

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  1. zeleke says:

    it is absolutely anbelievable,as a matter of fact it is not only hiv positive person who already know,there status supposed to be responsible the care of transition, it is every one responsibility to take care of theme selves since hiv was announced every body been told to use condom, as simple as that there is no way of blaming by saying some one infected me hiv virus by unprotected sex, no one force you to have sex, it was not rape, this situation is getting worst for the last three decades, by hiv criminal law written by law makers who might never been tested for hiv for there own there entire life, but advocating for public by saying hiv spreading is vastly shown on ethnic minorities and gays, this is up-solute wrong for campaigning to stop hiv spreading in the world, the reason statistic show hiv positive people in Europe and USA is because most gay people they take frequent test after unclear death of Freddy mercury who died in a day after announcing he was hiv positive, in ethnic minorities when ever they asked to take hiv test they don’t refuse, there are people who refuse to take hiv test when they are asked, there are people who don’t take hiv medication after they diagnose, i mate some one, a woman who prosecute her own African husband and a father of her children put him in prison more than a decade, but after diagnoses she never take medication for hiv, she claim that her viral load is luckily undetectable, it is a huge miscalculation for hiv experts, now let me tell you some thing about charily case, he diagnose 4 years a go, that is a time clearly announced for the united kingdom people in the world media by Devid Cameron for every one, saying that this time there is a treatment for every one by NHS available he said every one please take a test any time.this message was clear for every one to understand living in civilized nation, this is a time that there is medication available advised in case if you use unprotected sex and if you think that the other side is hiv positive you can take those medication within 12 hours to stop the vi rouse to activate,this information is full in hiv clinic never been announced for public, but still now in hiv clinic there is a book 2016 about hiv criminal law telling hiv awareness is keept huge load for hiv person, there is a law saying even though you use condom and condom become wrong you are the one to be prosecuted, still the the law makers never read hiv treatment progress or it shows never take test while they put in prison like murderer for hiv infection. some African countries have very low hiv criminalization law taking in to consideration more victim of there own population from living in stigma, where as the world human right leader of this planet, USA is number one to sentencing tough prison sentence on hiv people by hiv mistake, where as US and Russia they have guns sniper killing machine guns spread ed in this planet which have no any hazard sine in it, have you ever seen any gun have in and out hazard sine that it shows it is danger, not at all, my dad was un peace keeper army wounded in the service and spent the rest of his life in poverty and passed away, his job was as a military maintenance section and gun cleaning in the military he never been in war after un service he hate gun he always tell me not to have it, if i asked him some thing about gun he used to tell me go and do some thing in your maths book you don’t need to know, i am partially educated as i learn chemistry no any chemical can see with out hazard instruction, where ever it made from, no house holed electrical items soled with out hazard instruction, US sue BMW for environment protection but US and Russian amunitions spread all over the world with out any hazard instructions you understand US liberty Law is not only For american it is the back bench er of ever law come out in this planet, president Obama announced for the world media that Ethiopian government is democratically elected government you see the result how the go ahead killing of murderer government action who Kill political p reasoners and burn them inside pisons,killed amharas and oromos create stress for ever y Ethiopian this year for the first time in 3 thousandth year history will not celebrate there new year may be the government supporters might celebrate show caring to many goust looking for justice on there top.
    In general Charley black mailers should be charged for conspiracy and to be investigated how many people passed away by such drama. STOP HIV criminalizing law stop using of gun in this planet. stop genocide of young Ethiopians by blocking social media for any world you can’t hide crime, you know where we are, i phone seven you know Hitler, he could never hide all those crule drama in those time technology ether.

  2. Kellz says:

    I am so sorry to learn about you being sick Charlie and all the he’ll people have put you though, i wish they would find a cure for this horrible disease

  3. it is an acronym spoken to give fear. All of you know what I said people must do now. What did I say?

  4. Nothing to fear but fear itself…Mr.Sheen is a real guy, he struggles with many things many of us guys do…he is also a public figure, and because of that he is held to a different standard, and not allowed to be “real”. In a vulture like fashion did people around him act, taking his money in exchange for continued doubt and fear, but maybe Charlie wasn’t quite ready to fully admit to himself that truth…also, substance can assist in prolonging such things. Congrats on un-plugging the Christmas tree, Mr. Sheen, I only ever wish you well, and much continued success.

  5. Bobbi says:

    It’s always sad and disheartening to see the results of making EXTREMELY bad choices. I wish him well…

  6. Anyone who doesn’t use protection can get HIV or any other type STD. HIV though can progress to AIDS and there’s no guarantees that it won’t even with the current medication. I learned of this on the AIDS website.

  7. I hope he takes a long hard look at himself and turns his life around.
    If that happens, then this could actually save his life.
    Good luck, Charlie.

    George Vreeland Hill

  8. pamla says:

    I am not surprised at this he beats women he seems tonhave a love hate thing going on with these women i believe he is the devil and if he infact has infected women after kniwing he had this horrible virus then he should be charged ……….aorry but i think charlie is a pig

  9. Howie says:

    I am amazed at all these comments and people acting self-rightoeus and acting like the moral majority. Seriously in the 1940s we had churches who laid down the law against Hollywood individuals. nowadays it’s the media watchdog and indicuals such as yourselves who claim to be self-righteous and at the same time stone-throwing.

    Many people are infected with HIV and lead normal fulfilling lives. Everyone makes mistakes whether you are in Holywood or not. Charlie has made his fair share and it was magnified and played out for all to see and shame him a few years ago. Let him live and learn and perhaps we can learn from it also. He has my support.

  10. BobC. says:

    Is ANYBODY surprised by this news??????????????????

  11. RM in L.A. says:

    Will someone tell Matt Lauer to stop prosecuting people? And what’s with that corny backdrop? (“Charlie Sheen Speaks Out”)

  12. Brad says:

    Sorry Charlie, but you are not anything special. Millions of HIV+ ppl are put on “strong antiretroviral drugs” and are undetectable. Most with far fewer resources than you have. You are just another statistic.

  13. HPR says:

    I think it’s admirable of him to come out about this – I can’t believe people still think being HIV positive means having AIDS…Anyway, there’s a sizable HIV positive community here and many of them are sober and very responsible about their health. Charlie is straight but he can find many supportive and thriving friends with the same condition within the gay community here. this is not the death sentence. It might be the best thing to happen to him.

  14. srvwp2013 says:

    I had heard that there was a “Hollywood Star” out there infecting women in the Adult Entertainment Industry. Now I know who it is. The Adult Entertainment Industry polices itself and very well, too. Mainstream Hollywood should do nothing less. Hollywood does indeed deserve its nickname of “Hollyweird.” It needs to clean up its act and its actors. Big Time!

    • Mr Furious says:

      Best of luck? Not only does he beat women, but he’s probably infected several with a horrible illness. Screw this guy.

  15. Trudy says:

    He doesn’t know how he got it? Could it have been all of Heidi Fleiss’s hookers?

  16. Lisa says:

    This is bad news but why did he wait 4 years? Anyway, the question is, what’s he going to do with it now? Is he going to make the best of it and become an advocate as Magic Johnson did or is he going to keep putting women at risk by living his same lifestyle? He’s the only one who can decide.
    Thankfully, Denise Richards isn’t infected nor their children.

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