Charlie Sheen has come out as HIV positive on Today in an interview with Matt Lauer this morning.
Sheen said he wanted to “admit that I am, in fact, HIV positive.” He framed himself as a victim, focusing on the millions he has paid to “unsavory” sex workers in hush money, including one who took a picture of his HIV meds and threatened to sell it to the tabloids.
As far as his actual diagnosis, probably his most memorable quote is, “It's a hard three letters to absorb.”
Sheen emphatically said it's impossible that he has transmitted his HIV and that he has informed every single sex partner of his status before having sex. He does not know how he contracted HIV, but flatly denied intravenous drug use.
“If there was one guy on this planet to contract this that's gonna deliver a cure, it's me ... it's me. I mean, seriously. Seriously.”—Charlie Sheen
Sheen was asked about HIV laws and seemed to support them, saying he “respects” that reality. He also says reports that he has “intentionally spread AIDS” are the most offensive of the recent wave of rumors that he's read.