Charlie Sheen confirmed his HIV status on the Today show in an interview with Matt Lauer today. Sheen revealed that he was diagnosed with the virus four years ago and told ex-wife Denise Richards and his then current wife Brooke Mueller.
“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 … stories that I am threatening the health of others, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
Sheen said he decided to come forward with the truth about his health because he was being extorted for money and reveals that a prostitute took pictures of his antiretroviral medication and threatened to sell it to the tabloids.
Lauer asked Sheen the question that is no doubt on everyone’s mind, why continue to seek out prostitutes?
“I was so depressed by the condition I was in, I was doing too many drugs, I was drinking too much,” Sheen explained. He also added that he has told all of his past sexual partners of his HIV status and that he has only had unprotected sex with two women who were “warned ahead of time.”
Charlie Sheen has five children, one daughter from a high school relationship Cassandra Estevez, 30; two daughters with Denise Richards: Sam, 11, and Lola, 10; and twin sons with Brooke Mueller Bob and Max, 6.