“Protection was always in place,” the 50-year-old actor told Matt Lauer during an interview on the Today show Tuesday morning.
However, Sheen did admit to not informing all of his partners of his health condition, contradicting what he told Lauer when he first went public with the news.
“Everyone I had told up to that moment had shaken me down,” he said, referring to several people who extorted him “into the millions,” including a prostitute who took a photo of his antiretroviral medication and threatened to sell it to the tabloids.
When Lauer clarified that was the reasoning behind him not telling his partners of his HIV status, Sheen responded, “Yes.”
Sheen went on to add that even after his health admission, people are continuing to exploit him.
“It actually poured a little more gas on that fire,” he said.
When Lauer asked if they had more secrets, Sheen responded, “They can claim whatever they want. I know the truth.”
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Sheen also spoke about having gone to Mexico for an alternative treatment after becoming tired of the plethora of daily medication that he had to take and their negative side effects. The controversial treatment under Dr. Sam Chachoua, who Sheen called a “criminal,” actually had a negative effect and raised the virus levels in his blood from zero to 7,000.
Although he went back on his tradition medication after the incident, he’s now part of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study for a drug called PRO 140, in which he takes one shot per week as opposed to many pills every day.
“The change is not just physical, but it’s psychological, it’s emotional,” he said. “There’s no depression, there’s no shades of dementia. This is the future of treatment, what I m doing now.”
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Sheen also addressed rumors about his financial situation after ex-wife Denise Richards filed a lawsuit claiming she was having trouble collecting child support, claiming he was doing “fine” and was able to pay the child support.
Since coming out with his HIV positive status, Sheen says it’s been a relief.
“It was like being released from prison.”