A source with “direct knowledge” of the interview announced earlier today confirmed to CNNMoney that Charlie Sheen will discuss his HIV status with the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Sheen has been receiving treatment and the virus is now undetectable in his system.
Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman told People magazine that Sheen’s people approached him six months ago. Bragman, who is not working with Sheen, said he was told the actor “is getting treatment, and a lot of people in his life know about it.”
We’re told Charlie freely admits he’s had scores of sexual partners over the years, many of whom had intimate relations with him after his diagnosis. The implication here is clear ... Charlie is saying he didn’t deceive anyone, since the blood tests did not reveal the presence of HIV.
Doctors beg to differ and say once someone has HIV they have it for life, at least until medicine advances.
According to NAM, researcher Alison Rodger was asked, while presenting the results of a study last year into whether people with HIV on antiretroviral therapy become non-infectious, what the chances were of someone with an undetectable viral load transmitting HIV. “Our best estimate is it’s zero,” she said.