Charlie Sheen is talking about his HIV positive status again; but, this time Sheen is forgoing the jokes and his unique brand of humor in favor of educating the public and hoping that his fans will learn and benefit from his mistakes. While Sheen is known for his wild orgies and parties that included prostitutes and porn stars on the guest lists, Charlie reveals that he has always been the one to preach safe sex. The former Two and a Half Men actor adds that he has rarely engaged in unprotected sex, but says that it's still enough to contract the HIV virus.
Anger Management Star Charlie Sheen Talks Of The Importance Of Safe SexBy now, most people know that a pregnancy can result from unprotected sex, even after just one time, but now Charlie Sheen is telling fans that the same is true of the HIV virus, which is something he's unfortunately had to learn firsthand. Sheen says he has always been a strong proponent of using condoms and practicing safe sex himself. Sheen also says that, had he not faltered on one or two rare occasions, he'd be telling a different story today. Sheen reveals that those two mistakes have led to a forever changed life.
"I was always the guy that promoted it and said you have got to use condoms, this and that. I was too drunk or too bored one night and here we are," says Sheen.
While Charlie would have preferred to have not made the mistakes that have led to his HIV positive status, he adds that the diagnosis and his eventual public outing has led to a brighter outlook on his future and has led him to speak out in the hopes of benefiting others.
"I have mad gratitude, 100 per cent. [sic] Thank you. My life is more fluid, it is more courageous, it is more heroic. If I had known it was going to move towards that, I would have come out a lot sooner," Sheen says.
On a personal level, Charlie says he's feeling the downsides of having contracted the virus as well. Sheen admits to missing that playboy lifestyle, but also says the lack of sex and lack of partners has led him to appreciate his family that much more.
"HIV is not the best pick-up line. So it has happened as a result of everybody else and myself having the knowledge, and that's fine," Charlie said. "(I miss sex) but not to the extent where something is missing. Not to the extent where I'm saying, 'Oh that night could have been so much better'. It's fine. I mean, sex isn't going anywhere. It's still there. And if available, awesome. If not, no big deal. I'll spend more time hanging with my parents, you know?"
Charlie Sheen Is Still Bitter Over Donald Trump's Wedding GiftWhen it comes to politics, Charlie is very outspoken about one candidate in particular, calling Donald Trump a "charlatan" and relating the story of how he came to realize that Trump was a fraud from the very beginning. The incident happened years ago, just before Sheen married Brooke Mueller. Sheen and Mueller were having dinner with Trump, when the presidential hopeful presented Sheen with an early wedding gift, a pair of platinum diamond Harry Winston cuff links.
In retelling the story on The Graham Norton Show, Charlie said he was put off by the seemingly pricey gift and tried to politely decline accepting the cuff links, but added that Trump insisted on gifting them to him. It all seemed like a great honor, until, months later, Charlie took them to an appraiser and learned that they weren't really as valuable as he had assumed.
"[The appraiser] said, 'In their finest moment, this is cheap pewter and bad zirconias,'" Sheen recalled. "And they're stamped TRUMP."
While Sheen may not need the money he had though could be drawn from selling the jewelry, he says that trying to pass them off as something more than what they are really says something about Donald Trump's character.
"I just thought, what does this really say about the man, you know, that he said, 'Here's like a great wedding gift,' and it's just a bag of dogsh--," Sheen said.
Charlie Sheen adds that, while he knows just how shady Donald Trump is, he has faith that the voting public will recognize him as a charlatan and allow their votes to reflect their opinion of him.
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