Charlie Sheen reportedly claimed he had beaten HIV infection after being on medication and that the virus was undetectable in his blood, according to TMZ.
TMZ’s “sources” alleged that Sheen claimed that, after having being on anti-HIV medication for some time, a series of blood test results showed that the HIV was “undetectable” in his blood and system, implying that he may have beaten the infection.
The report emerged before his exclusive interview on NBC’s Today Show with Matt Lauer, during which he announced that he was diagnosed with HIV about four years ago and that he was making the announcement to stop a smear campaign and extortion efforts against him.
He told Lauer, “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
“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, that threaten the health of so many others that couldn’t be further from the truth,” he added.
He said that he entrusted the information to a few people but some extorted “millions” from him to keep the information secret.
“I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful… [but] my trust turned to their treason,” he said. “That’s my goal. That’s not my only goal. I think I release myself from this prison today.”
“I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful.”
Based on the claim that the HIV was “undetectable” in his blood over a series of tests, the former Two and a Half Men star allegedly insisted that he did not deceive anyone he had sexual relations with after the diagnosis. In other words, since several consecutive blood tests could not detect presence of the dreaded virus in his blood, it was not right to say that he deceived any of his sexual partners.
But TMZ reported that doctors have rejected the claim, saying that patients retain the HIV infection for life, at least until new medical advances change the situation.
Charlie Sheen’s alleged claim that he had beaten the disease because the HIV was “undetectable” in his blood is seen as a way of responding to threats of lawsuits from former sexual partners, and his decision to go public and appear on the Today Show is being interpreted as a PR move to garner public sympathy.
According to People magazine, a Hollywood publicist, Howard Bragman, said, “The interview could open up a lot of sympathy for him, but he has to be concerned about a fear of litigation from former sexual partners. You don’t take that lightly.”
After news emerged that Sheen was HIV positive, porn star Bree Olson, 29, Sheen’s ex-girlfriend, took to Twitter on Monday, saying she was undergoing HIV testing.
“Recorded myself for half an hour being tested for HIV and getting the results. This is so stressful,” she tweeted.
Recorded myself for half an hour being tested for HIV and getting the results. This is so stressful.
— Bree Olson (@BreeOlson) November 16, 2015
However, she did not tweet the results of the test, but she apparently tested negative.
Olson lived with Sheen in his Los Angeles home in 2011 after he was fired from Two and a Half Men.
Days before the news broke, she posted a message to her website, assuring her fans that she was never HIV positive. According to the former porn star, whose real name is Rachel Oberlin, “there are speculations circling that one of my ex boyfriends from years ago may have contracted the HIV virus. They are rumors and I know nothing more than anyone else. I, myself have been to my gynecologist at least once a year since we split up and have always been tested across the board for everything and have came back clean across the board every time.”
Sheen starred in the popular comedy series Two and a Half Men, and in Hollywood films such as Platoon and Wall Street, but his career took a plunge in recent years after he entered rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse. He also admitted to being a regular user of the services of prostitutes and having spent tens of thousands of dollars on prostitutes.
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