Charlie Sheen shared a deeply personal secret on the Today Show this morning that he's kept under wraps for four years: he's HIV-positive.
"It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life," the 50-year-old told NBC's Matt Lauer.
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Diagnosed in 2011, the former Two and a Half Men star, who now takes four pills a day to treat the virus, doesn't know how he contracted it.
Charlie on the set of Today. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches," he explained on Today. "I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over."
Charlie also admitted to having unprotected sex with two people after learning he was HIV-positive, but insists they were informed of his status ahead of time and are under the care of his physician, Dr. Robert Huizenga.
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While the father-of-five's diagnosis coincided with a very public meltdown that got him fired off of Two and a Half Men, he claims his health was not the reason for his erratic behavior.
"I wish I could blame it on that," Charlie said. "That was more of a [ste]roid rage. This was on the heels of that."
Charlie in 2011. (Photo Credit: Splash)
He went on to confess, "There's a lot out there I'm not proud of. You can only hear 'winning' in the streets so many times. I've pissed off a lot of really good opportunities."
Watch Charlie's interview below:
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