Charlie Sheen Reveals That He's HIV Positive
"It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life," the 50-year-old actor said on the 'TODAY' show.
After much media speculation following a National Enquirer exposé, Charlie Sheen confirmed that he is HIV positive on the Today show this morning. It has been "roughly four years" since he received the diagnosis.
In an interview with Matt Lauer, Sheen revealed that opening up about his condition was a necessary step to "put a stop to this barrage of attacks of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that threaten the health of so many others."
Most shockingly, the Golden Globe winning actor admitted to spending millions of dollars in extortion money to keep his health status a secret.
"What people forget is that that's money they're taking from my children. They think it's just me, but I've got five kids and a granddaughter," Sheen said.
Though he is uncertain how he contracted the virus, he has accepted full responsibility and plans to use his public persona to de-stigmatize HIV.
"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 will come forward and say, thanks Charlie," he said.
You can watch the full videos of Sheen's interview below, including remarks from his physician.