In an interview with Matt Lauer, actor Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive Tuesday.
“I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks,” Sheen said.
The admission came after NBC announced Sheen would make a “revealing personal announcement” on the “Today” show.
The actor told Lauer he has known about his diagnosis for about four years.
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” Sheen said. “It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
Sheen said it is “impossible” that he has transmitted the virus to others, and that he takes about four pills a day to fight the disease.
Sheen also said that he has paid millions of dollars to keep others from revealing his secret.
“What people forget is that’s money they’re taking from my children,” Sheen said. “I release myself from this prison today.”