He revealed that he had paid millions to buy people's silence on the private matter."I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, that threaten the health of so many others that couldn't be further from the truth," he told Lauer.
When asked what untrue report hurt him the most, Sheen said it was upsetting to hear people claiming that he knew he had the virus and "was intentionally spreading it," which is not the case, he noted.
The 50-year actor told NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer that he was diagnosed about four years ago but he's not sure how he contracted the virus that can cause AIDS."I'm here to admit that I'm in fact HIV-positive," Sheen said."It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches," he explained. I thought it was over," he said, adding, "It's a hard three letters to absorb.
It's a turning point in one's life."Sheen said he made the announcement to put an end to extortion efforts.
Although Loreen was infected in 1992, she didn't disclose her HIV status publicly until the spring of 2006, in an interview with her local newspaper. As I mentioned to the world press at the International AIDS Conference, I really can't remember going on any particular health kick or any of that. I was still in the process of seroconversion when that dream came. I had actually been engaged to an individual who apparently had a history of risky behavior.
The Body had the privilege to briefly interview Loreen at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada in the summer of 2006, when she had only recently come out as positive and was enthusiastically embracing her role as a "newly born activist." She's returned to talk with us about her new life as an HIV advocate. Even though I think that consciously I wasn't admitting that acknowledgment, my psyche did. I don't know if you recall that when you and I met last summer I let you know that I had been residing in a rather rural community in the northern California foothills. As a matter of fact, just the other day I was looking at the form that the public health department provided to me. All I remember is this: The nurse that was sitting at the desk across from me, when they did come up with a positive ELISA and a positive Western blot, looked at me and said, "You know, this means a death sentence. At that time, although it might have been true, it's not an appropriate thing to say to anybody.
In October 2014, Sheen and his fiancee, adult film star Brett Rossi, ended their eight-month engagement."She's a terrific gal -- but we've mutually decided to go our separate ways and not spend the rest of our lives together," he said in a statement.
At one point Lauer read Sheen supportive messages from fans weighing in on social media. "I'm going to ride this wave of support."Going forward Sheen said he would do what he can to raise awareness and help others."I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people and hopefully with what we're doing today others will come forward and say, thanks Charlie," he said.And again I jumped straight into the self-education process, reading all the books I could, talking to people. I have a distinct memory of the day that I was diagnosed HIV positive, that it kicked me back to the day in 1980. But let me tell you an interesting side note to this story. They actually gave me that woman's phone number, and I distinctly remember a very interesting phone conversation with her. So your town was so small that your nurse knew someone else that had been infected by your former fiancé, and your fiancé denied the whole thing. Interestingly enough, Bonnie, I did run into him at a horse show in another community. I remember distinctly the shock I felt at seeing him. We're basically a bunch of artisans, and all of them expected me to leap off the bleacher and attack him [laughs], but actually I had a sense of calm. I remember saying to one of my friends, "Come take a walk with me. My sisters are moms, and I think that they have always shown so much concern about their kids. The more I learned through Project Inform -- who I will always be indebted to -- whoever was working that hotline, whenever I'd call, they were just fabulous for me. I had heard stories about the lack of educated physicians in the neighborhood. " I think that with the assistance of my physician, the support of my family, educating myself, getting out there and trying to be politically active, I really can't say to you that I was ever emotionally devastated by my diagnosis.I just refused to subscribe to [negative thinking]. Do you remember those eight weeks before you were diagnosed? Loreen playing the board game Mousetrap at her best friend's house outside Los Angeles. I need to get up and out of the crowd and just kind of walk off this energy," because there was a little bit of anger. They were concerned about my acquiring a good doctor. As a matter of fact, my youngest sister made me a charter subscriber to POZ magazine. They are also, Bonnie, responsible for connecting me with my internist in the Sacramento area. I also had lots of friends who were gay, and they weren't happy with the services that were available at that time in the county. You know with the assistance of my physician, to be truthful, it probably took about six months [for me to get used to having HIV]. I was already exhibiting higher-than-human-normal CD4 counts.During his TV appearance Sheen said he's no longer doing drugs, but still drinks "a little bit."Prior to his "Today" appearance the National Enquirer said it had done "an exhaustive 18-month investigation" into the life of Sheen, revealing the news this week.Sheen has had a history of substance abuse and famously made headlines in 2011 amid what appeared to be a public meltdown, during which he popularized his catchphrase "Winning!