Charlie Sheen Says He's Going To 'Deliver A Cure' For HIV
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Actor Charlie Sheen revealed he has been living with HIV for the last four years in an interview with Matt Lauer on this morning's edition of the TODAY show and now he's hoping to help people and become more philanthropic in this new phase of his life.
"If there's one guy on this planet to contract this that's going to deliver a cure, it's me," Sheen told Lauer.
When pressed by Lauer further Sheen didn't back down.
"Seriously," Sheen continued. "I'm not going to be the poster man for this, but I will not shun away from responsibilities and opportunities that drive me to help others and delivering a cure."
The often-hard living, sometimes-troubled star of television shows such as Two and a Half Men as well as films like Wall Street and Major League says he's uncertain exactly how he contracted the virus which can develop into AIDS. The reason why he was publicly revealing his diagnosis was because he says had been shaken down for nearly $10 million in recent years by people threatening to tell the world about his HIV positive status.
The actor, who made the phrases "tiger blood" and "winning" internet sensations during a particularly dark phase of drug and alcohol abuse around the time of his HIV diagnosis in 2011, says he's now going to dedicate himself to good causes.
"There's a lot about that I'm not really proud of," Sheen said. "You can only hear 'winning' in the streets so many times. I pissed off a lot of really good opportunities, but I'm approaching a time of more of a philanthropic approach in my life."
Watch Sheen's interview here (two parts):
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