Charlie Sheen admitted to the world in an interview on the Today show in November that he is HIV positive. USA Today reports that Sheen had recently gone off his prescribed HIV medication so that he could take part in an experimental treatment in Mexico. Apparently the treatment didn’t work. Charlie Sheen’s Mexican doctor revealed why he tried the experimental treatment.
“In an attempt to be a human guinea pig for the benefit of all people living with HIV, he listened to this doctor in Mexico that had him convinced he could cure him. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out like he hoped. He was willing to risk his own body hoping to find a cure.”
— People Magazine SA (@People_SA) January 14, 2016
After Mexico, Charlie Sheen spoke about it on a pre-taped segment for The Dr. Oz Show, which aired last Tuesday.
Charlie Sheen has given up taking HIV meds for treatment in Mexico https://t.co/n7TIjUi3XB pic.twitter.com/DAZxvAHHVy
— Zap2it (@Zap2it) January 12, 2016
Apparently, Sheen even had a premonition he would become HIV positive when he was 28.
Sheen revealed that he just got some bad test results.
“I’m a little off my game because right before I walked out here, I got some results I was disappointed about. I had been non-detectable, non-detectable and checking the blood every week and then found out the numbers are back up.”
People reports that when Dr. Oz asked Charlie Sheen why he chose to go off medication that was clearly working for him in order to try this new treatment, he said didn’t see the risk as a concern.
“I’ve been off my meds for about a week now. Am I risking my life? Sure. So what? I was born dead. That part of it doesn’t phase me at all.”
Charlie Sheen also reported that he has a new routine that keeps him active and feeling good.
“[Drinking] just didn’t fit in. Every morning I’ve been out here shooting baskets, swimming, doing yoga. I do something different every day.”
People also reports that Charlie Sheen spoke about his manic behavior and how it was spawned from drinking and substance abuse.
“Manic behavior is usually in the throes of deep partying. Deep substance abuse and drinking. It doesn’t really happen when I’m not doing that. It has never really reared its head.”
Additionally, People reports that Charlie Sheen will be appearing on The Dr. Oz Show again. Sheen’s manager has been vocal in confirming that Sheen is not being paid to appear on The Dr. Oz Show.
“Charlie is NOT being paid for doing The Dr. Oz Show. For now, he is doing one more episode of the show where he talks about what he’s learning about the disease.”
Charlie Sheen himself posted an update, also promoting the hashtag #OzSheen2016.
His manager also confirmed that the Mexico treatment was an experiment that failed, and that Charlie Sheen is back on his prescribed treatment from his US doctor.
“Just to be clear, Charlie put his life at risk for a doctor who claimed to have a cure for HIV. When it didn’t work he immediately went back on his medication.”
Charlie Sheen seems to be downsizing his life while he battles being HIV positive. Variety reports that he has listed his five-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion for a little over $6 million. He had also sold another mansion in December for $6.6 million. He has a third mansion in Mulholland Estates, that he still owns and in which he currently lives.
Fans can only wish Charlie Sheen the best as he continues to battle HIV and search for a cure, not only for him, but for everyone who suffers from the disease.
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