For several weeks now the press have been speculating the identity of the Hollywood actor that is HIV positive, and they were indeed correct in their suspicions; yesterday Charlie Sheen confided to The Today Show presenter Matt Lauer that he is living with the disease. After concealing his illness for four years, he has had to go to enormous lengths and costs to keep it a secret. But now he is tired of the current smear campaign up against him, and of people trying to rip him off (for $10 million to date).
“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. What people forget is that that’s money they’re taking from my children. I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason. I think I release myself from this prison today.”
As for the initial ailments that led him to seek medical attention, it began with headaches: “It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches.I thought I had a brain tumour. I thought it was over.” Strangely however, the actor that once admitted he had bedded over 5000 women in his life, has continued to have unprotected sex post-diagnosis, although he claims that they were informed prior to intercourse, and are cared for by his doctor. He now takes four tablets each day, and his family worry that he may become depressed with this condition.
He has told his eldest daughter the news: “It hit her hard, but she recovered. She’s tough like her Dad. I said, ‘I’m sorry I didn’t tell you sooner, but it didn’t seem like you could do anything for me and I didn’t want to burden you with all the stress.’ But she was a rock star about it.”
“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.’ If there was one guy on this planet to contract this that’s going to deliver a cure, it’s me. It’s me. Seriously. I’m not going to be the poster man for this, but I will not shun away from responsibilities and opportunities that drive me to helping others.”