Most people with HIV will tend to hide their status, but Charlie Sheen is different. Instead of hiding himself, the 50-year-old actor chooses to reveal the truth to prevent more victims.
He was diagnosed with HIV in 2011 and finally, in November 2015 he decided to share it with the world as he said in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, “Going public? I had to. It was a personal prison. (…) A lot of it was about shutting down a lot of the blackmail and all that: It was getting too expensive, and I was engaged in that to protect other professional interests and family stuff. And I just finally said, ‘There’s no other way out’”
Charlie then revealed that he got a lot of loves and supports after revealing his HIV status and seven months later, he became a brand ambassador for LELO HEX, a condom company.
“It’s stuff people don’t want to talk about, and I figured: If I’m involved, maybe they’ll talk about it,” he said. “If you ask most people that have HIV, ‘How did you get it?’ nobody really knows. I mean, I’m sure there’s a select few that do. But you can never really really pintpoint the moment.”
“You spend five seconds putting (a condom) on, and you prevent a lifetime of stress, potentially.” He added.
The actor is now happy with his life, especially after he accepted his diagnosis and he keeps looking forward. According to PEOPLE, he is recently finished filming a drama inspired by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“There’s opportunity in the air, which is really nice. The world is turning.” he said.