Martin Sheen Talks About Son Charlie Sheen’s ‘Level Of Courage’ After HIV Reveal

Martin Sheen is now opening up about Charlie Sheen’s HIV diagnosis. As reported earlier, Charlie Sheen went on the Today Show to talk about his HIV-positive diagnosis after he was extorted out of millions of dollars by people he trusted, whom were threatening to go to the press about the news of his illness.

The Two and a Half Men star’s father, Martin Sheen, who has always been vocal about Charlie’s troubles, is now opening up about his son’s HIV status. Fortunately, the older Sheen is putting a positive spin on the story, and has stood by his son and supported him as he spoke publicly about his status.

While at the CME Group’s Global Financial Leadership Conference, Martin Sheen took to the podium to give his thoughts about what his family has been going through throughout the last few months due to Charlie’s HIV status.

“He had been leading up to this sort of story for several months, and we kept encouraging him to do it. He kept backing away and backing away because it was like going to his own execution, I guess.

“It was the most difficult thing he’d ever done. And he kind of sealed it when he called Matt Lauer last week and asked if he could go on.”

Sheen said he knew that Charlie was going to have a sit down, but he really wasn’t sure if his son was going to go through with it because it was such a difficult and personal thing to reveal.

“I saw him Saturday night, my wife and I went to see him, to make sure he knew we were behind him, and if he wanted me to go, I would have canceled this event. He said, no, this was his and his alone.”

Sheen commented that he was shocked at the amount of courage that came from his son Charlie as he sat down with Lauer to announce the news.

“I couldn’t believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son. I left him a message, and I said that if I had that much courage, I would change the world.”

As the Inquisitr reported, Charlie’s courage was seen all over and made new records. During the interview, NBC reported that there was a large number of traffic been brought to the Today Show website, as more than 100,000 readers flocked during that hour. Additionally, over a million unique visitors went to the site during the 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST timeline.

While on theToday Show, Sheen revealed that he was diagnosed with HIV four years ago. He was open about the reason why he decided to come public, and that has to do with the “shakedowns” and “extortions” that were going on. Due to paying $10 million to various people, this has left him in a financial crises of sorts.

As for how he was diagnosed, it wasn’t immediately apparent that he had HIV. Sheen told Lauer, “It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over.”

As for whether he transmitted the virus to other people he said that it was “impossible.” Although he does admit to having unprotected sex with two women, but he informed them on his illness and he went forward with both separate cases under the care of his doctor. According to his physician, Dr. Robert Huizenga, he does not have AIDS.

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