Charlie Sheen reveals HIV positive

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Charlie Sheen presenting an award for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sun., Sept. 18, 2011. It was at Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live, in Los Angeles, California. He has recently come out with being diagnosed with H.I.V.

Calliope Osborn, Staff Writer

The 50-year-old actor Charlie Sheen said in an interview with Matt Lauer on “TODAY,” “I am, in fact, H.I.V.-positive.”

The actor is famous for his leading role on the TV show “Two and a Half Men,” from which he was fired in 2011. He was diagnosed with the virus four years ago.

Sheen said, “It is a hard three letters to absorb.”

He confided his condition in some of his closest friends, but paid up to ten million dollars to keep them quiet.

Sheen said, “I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle. I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason.”

He hopes that coming out about the virus will keep him from paying so many people.

Sheen said, “That’s my goal. That’s not my only goal. I think I release myself from this prison today.”

Dr. Robert Huizenga, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles said that Sheen does not have AIDS.