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Charlie Sheen diagnosed with HIV

The actor has been HIV positive for four years

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 18 Nov 2015

Video: TODAY

Actor Charlie Sheen made headlines when he came out with being HIV positive, yesterday, on NBC's Today show. Apparently, he had been diagnosed with the disease four years ago but did not know how he contracted it. He also wrote an open letter about it prior to the show.

"Roughly four years ago, I suddenly found myself in the throws of a seismic and debilitating three-day cluster-migraine-like headache. I was emergently hospitalised with what I believed to be a brain tumour or perhaps some unknown pathology," Charlie wrote. "I was partially correct. Following a battery of endless tests, that included a hideous spinal tap, it was sadly and shockingly revealed to me that I was, in fact, positive for HIV."

Hours after the interview, Bree Olson, one of his former girlfriends, told Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show that he hadn't told her he was HIV positive. "He never said anything to me. I was his girlfriend. I lived with him. We were together."

Charlie has made a reputation for himself over the years thanks to his reportedly frequent abuse of substances and alcohol as well as addictions to prostitution and pornography. He was fired from Two and a Half Men back in 2011 for his destructive behaviour. He is coming out with the truth now to put a stop to having to pay people he confided in upward of $10 million to keep it secret.

"I think I release myself from this prison today," he said on the show.

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