Sup Travellers?! I think I can safely assume that everyone reading this knows who Charlie Sheen is. He has been off the radar for quite some time but back in 2003 he started acting on a show called "Two and a Half Men" and since then he has become a household name.
But just this morning Charlie Sheen made headlines for something other than his acting prowess. On the Today Show with Matt Lauer he admitted that he is HIV positive.
"I am here to admit that I am HIV positive," he said.
Sheen also revealed to Matt Lauer that he had paid "enough to take it into the millions" to keep people from going public about his illness.
"I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths," he said, adding he was diagnosed four years ago in 2011 which coincides with his infamous “meltdown” that resulted in him being fired from the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men..
He said when he revealed his HIV status to friends "the truth became treason", leading to "blackmail and extortion and a circle of deceit".
"I trusted them, they were in my inner circle and thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason," he said, adding a prostitute took a picture of his medication and threatened to sell it to newspapers.
"I think I release myself from this prison today," he said.
He admitted that his use of drink and drugs was a "bad decision" but said it was "impossible" that he would have passed HIV on to anyone else.
There is definitely a stigma surrounding HIV but it usually isn't a death sentence for people who can afford to pay for treatment. Sheen even boasts that the HIV is undetectable in his blood due to antretroviral drugs but the sad thing about having HIV is that it is with you for life [unless a cure is found].
Sheen has admitted on multiple occasions of sleeping with up to 5000 women and a lot of them are prostitutes. So I don't know why so many people are surprised at this revelation. You can't be THAT sexually active and expect not to catch at least one STD. Unluckily for Sheen, the STD that he caught is the most dangerous. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.