Charlie Sheen gave the world an update on his health on Sunday, June 19, seven months after revealing he's HIV-positive. The Anger Management alum opened up about his diagnosis during an intimate chat with Piers Morgan at the Theatre Royal in London.
Sheen, 50, previously announced his diagnosis during a bombshell interview with the Today show's Matt Lauer in November 2015. Now, he's taking a next-generation drug called Pro 140 to treat his symptoms.
"It is the future of HIV treatment, no doubt. It's one shot a week," Sheen explained to Morgan, 51. "I feel lighter, I feel younger, I feel smarter, I feel sexier," he said, laughing.
Sheen's decision to come clean after years of secrecy was no laughing matter, though. The star told Lauer that he finally came forward because he was being blackmailed by some people he had sexual contact with. He added that he regrets hurting his family the most.
As previously reported, Sheen, who lost his virginity to a prostitute at 15, told his ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller that he was HIV-positive in 2011. The women do not have the virus. His daughters with Richards — Sam, 12, and Lola, 11 — and twin sons Bob and Max, 7, with Mueller, are also HIV-negative. He told Lauer that he had unprotected sex after being diagnosed, but was honest with the women.
"I never [lied], because I wouldn't do that to someone. I would not," he told Morgan. "I wouldn't do that."
Sheen's ex-girlfriend Bree Olson tells a very different story. Last November, she claimed that the Two and a Half Men alum never told her of his HIV-positive status. The pair lived together for several months until their split in April 2011.
"He never said anything to me. I was his girlfriend, I lived with him. We were together. We had sex almost every day for a year with lambskin condoms, which do not protect … There were times we didn't even use condoms, because it was only to prevent pregnancy," Olson, 29, said during SiriusXM's Howard Stern Show. "We were sleeping together every single night. He never said anything ever. 'I'm clean,' he said."
Sheen has yet to respond to the accusations. (He has also kept mum about claims National Enquirer editor-in-chief Dylan Howard wrote in an April 2016 Hollywood Reporter story about his wild lifestyle.) Instead, he appears to be in good spirits following his revelation. "I accept this condition not as a curse or scourge, but rather as an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity to help others," he wrote in an open letter last November. "My partying days are behind me. My philanthropic days are ahead of me … I've served my time under pressure; I now embrace the courage, and the grace."
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