(SL) – It’s been a blind item for weeks. Who is the A-list actor that is HIV positive? Fear of an epidemic was set considering the high caliber of the person and now we finally know who it is….Charlie Sheen. Sad either way because it doesn’t take a thousand lays to get HIV…just one.
The real heartache, however, is how many women did Charlie Sheen put at risk. The actor confirmed his status on the Today Show and claims he has had unprotected sex since becoming aware of his condition and adamantly stated that all of his partners were fully aware of his health. But, there is at least one woman who claims she had no idea.
One of Sheen’s recent exes, Bree Olson, told Howard Stern that he NEVER mentioned it. Shortly after Olson appeared on Stern’s show another one of Sheen’s sexual partners, Natalie Kenly, came forward to say that the actor never told her either that he is HIV-positive. On the other hand, another claims that she was 100 percent aware even to the point that she was taking antiretroviral medication to be with him.
A total of six women are reportedly planning civil lawsuits and a lot of people are wondering if he will be criminally charged for potentially exposing his partners to HIV. It won’t be easy. In California it will be difficult.
One has to prove not that that person knew but intentionally tried to hurt you. Charlie’s timeline is under scrutiny. He told the Today Show that he learned of his status just 4 years ago after experiencing headaches and night sweats. Charlie said, “It’s a turning point in one’s life.” Overall, It’s unclear when Sheen learned of his diagnosis.
Charlie says that he is on 4 types of medication and specialists involved with his treatment say it is nearly mathematically impossible to transmit HIV to a sexual partner when somebody’s viral load is undetectable.
Charlie Sheen can expect to live a long and healthy life in spite of having HIV, thanks to medications that have transformed the disease from a death sentence into a chronic disease.
Sheen owes his health to antiretroviral drugs, the HIV cocktails developed in the 1990s that can keep the virus at bay. Sheen announced Tuesday that levels of HIV in his blood are undetectable — meaning that there is too little of the virus in his blood for standard tests to measure. Doctors describe such patients as being “virally suppressed,” a condition that dramatically reduces their risk of developing full-blown AIDS or its complications.
Read on for Charlie’s open letter.
CHARLIE SHEEN’S OPEN LETTER ABOUT BEING HIV POSITIVE
‘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 hospitalized with what I believed to be a brain tumor or perhaps some unknown pathology. 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.
‘The news was a “mule kick” to my soul. Those impossible words I absorbed and then tried to convince myself, that I was stuck, suspended, or even stranded inside some kind of alternate reality or nightmare, were to the absolute contrary. I was awake. It was true… reality.
‘Under the brilliant and perfect care of Dr. Robert Huizenga as well as “the” leading infectious disease expert in the known universe, I began a rigorous and intensive treatment program. Not missing a beat, a med dose, or one shred of guidance, quickly my viral loads became undetectable. Like every other challenge in my life, again, I was victorious and kicking this disease’s ass. I wish my story had ended there. Unfortunately, for my family and myself, it had only just begun.
‘The personal disbelief, karmic confusion, shame and anger lead to a temporary yet abysmal descent into profound substance abuse and fathomless drinking. It was a suicide run. Problem was, I’d forgotten that I’m too tough for such a cowardly departure. Yet, despite this loathsome and horrific odyssey, I was vigilant with my anti-viral program.
‘My medical team could only shake their heads as each and every blood test returned levels revealing a state of remission. Even though I might have been trying to kill myself, one thing was radically evident; the disease was not.
‘In and around this perplexing and difficult time, I dazedly chose (or hired) the companionship of unsavory and insipid types. Regardless of their salt-less reputations, I always lead with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition. Sadly, my truth soon became their treason, as a deluge of blackmail and extortion took center stage in this circus of deceit.
‘To date, I have paid out countless millions to these desperate charlatans.
‘Locked in a vacuum of fear, I chose to allow their threats and skulduggery to vastly deplete future assets from my children, while my “secret” sat entombed in their hives of folly (or so I thought).
‘News Flash: This ends today. I’m claiming back my freedom. The scales of justice will swiftly and righteously re-balance themselves.
‘In conclusion, I accept this condition not as a curse or scourge, but rather as an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity to help others. A challenge to better myself.
‘Every day, of every month, of every year, countless individuals go to work, man their stations, fulfill their professional obligations with a host of disabilities. Diseases, imperfections, hurdles, detours. These maladies range from lupus to cancer, from paralysis to blindness, from diabetes to obesity. “Treated,” HIV is no different.
‘My partying days are behind me. My philanthropic days are ahead of me.
‘Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “Courage is grace under pressure.”
‘I’ve served my time under pressure; I now embrace the courage, and the grace.
‘Love and peace,Charlie Sheen’