Charlie Sheen addressed the rumours that have been swirling around in Hollywood that he is HIV positive.
Sheen, appeared on NBC’s Today show. He confirmed that he was HIV positive after there were a number of controversial news reports in recent weeks from publications of varying credibility discussing Sheen’s HIV status. The most salacious of which have been rightfully criticised by HIV organisations including the Terrence Higgins Trust who point out that it is “utterly wrong” to disclose an individual’s HIV status without their permission”.
UK publication, The Sun has published claims that an unidentified A-list actor had known that he is HIV positive for a number of years.
The Sun further reports that the actor has not disclosed his status to his sexual partners, however, the tabloid does not indicate whether or not the actor chose to engage in safe sex practices with the women they spoke with.
Sheen’s television interview was scheduled before The National Enquirer was expected to run a headline story directly naming Sheen as being HIV positive.
Sheen, the son of Hollywood legend Martin Sheen, has long had a reputation of being a womaniser and has previously boasted of sleeping with up to 5000 women.