“I’m here to admit that I am, in fact, HIV positive.
I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Here’s the important points from the interview:
An interview with Sheen’s physician, Dr. Robert Huizenga, followed the initial interview.
In this part of the interview, Dr. Huizenga reiterated that Charlie is currently healthy and that the HIV virus is undetectable in his blood at the present time. He also pointed out that although the ability of Sheen to transmit the virus to a sexual partner is not zero, with protection, it is “incredibly rare.”
Dr. Huizenga says his greater fear is that his past struggles with substance abuse and depression will have a greater impact on his health:
“We’re petrified about Charlie. We’re so, so anxious that if he was overly depressed, if he was abusing substance, he would forget these pills and that’s been an incredible worry,” he said. However, he said Sheen has been vigilant about his regiment.
“Magically, somehow in the midst of incredible personal mayhem, he’s managed to continue to take these medications.”
By the end of the interview, Sheen said he was incredibly relieved to have the information out in the public, and that he appreciates the support he is receiving. He vows to use the opportunity to speak out on behalf of others with the disease, although he doesn’t want to be the “poster child” for the condition.