Charlie Sheen Speaks Out About HIV-Positive Status, Did Not Give Disease To Brooke Mueller Or Their Twins
Charlie Sheen, who went public with his HIV-positive diagnosis Tuesday morning, did not give the disease to his ex-wife Brooke Mueller or their twin sons.
Charlie Sheen Didn’t Brooke Mueller Or Twins HIV
Sheen sat down with the Today show anchor Matt Lauer to confirm reports that he had contracted HIV. However, contrary to reports, Sheen also revealed that he wasted no time in alerting those who may have been affected by his diagnosis – including Mueller.
When Sheen learned he was HIV-positive back in 2011, he was already married to Mueller. He says he informed her right away so that she could get tested. Fortunately, Mueller was soon able to confirm that she is not HIV-positive and neither are her two sons with Sheen – 6-year-old twins Bob and Max.
“Brooke has been inundated with calls from friends and family,” Mueller’s spokesperson Steve Honig told People magazine. “To put their minds at ease, Brooke can confirm that she and the boys are not HIV positive.”
Mueller and Sheen divorced in 2011. Since then, the two have developed an amicable relationship in coparenting their children.
Though Sheen said in his interview with Lauer that he has been open about his disease with his sexual partners and used a condom with all of them – save two who were under the care of his doctor – he would not be surprised if he’s soon met with a swell of lawsuits.
“I can only imagine based on what I’ve already experienced and what’s come down the pike,” Sheen said, revealing he’s been blackmailed for up to $10 million by those who had wished to prematurely disclose his HIV status publicly. “I’m sure that’s next.”
“Having divulged [my diagnosis] is the reason I’m in the mess that I’m in with all the shakedowns,” Sheen explained. “Again, I can’t sit here and worry about it. I can only sit here with you and tell my truth.”
Sheen hopes that by coming forward he’ll not only end the blackmailing schemes, but that he’ll be able to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The actor also aspires to spearhead a search for a cure.
“I’m gonna ride this wave of support, and if there was one guy on this planet to contract this that’s going to deliver a cure, it’s me,” said Sheen. “I mean, seriously.”
More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV or AIDS in the U.S. To learn more about living with HIV/AIDS or to contribute to fundraising efforts to fight the diseases, visit amfAR.org or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.