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Charlie Sheen's HIV doctor injected himself with actor's blood

Published 14/01/2016 | 11:30

Charlie Sheen is interviewed on NBC's 'Today' show in New York where he spoke about his HIV diagnosis
Charlie Sheen is interviewed on NBC's 'Today' show in New York where he spoke about his HIV diagnosis
Actor Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards arrive at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on February 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Sheen speaking to Matt Lauer during his TV interview

Charlie Sheen has revealed one of his doctors was so determined to prove his HIV was cured that he injected himself with the actor’s blood.

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The Anger Management star (50) disclosed in November he was HIV positive and said at the time he had been seeking alternative therapies. Sheen said the move by the Mexico-based doctor was “inappropriate and completely mind-blowing.”

The actor said he was treated by Samir Chachoua, who is based in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico and travelled to California for the treatment. He is not licensed to practice medicine in the United States.

In a recent interview with television doctor, Dr Oz, Sheen spoke about his "revolutionary" treatments. He added that his HIV was not detectable in his blood without antiretroviral therapy after undergoing a "a series of injections and blood work".

“We did see some incredible results early on,” Sheen explained. “Off the med cocktail that I was undetectable. And it stayed that way. I did an experiment I didn’t have any faith in but I went along with it.”

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“I didn’t see it as Russian Roulette. I didn’t see it as a complete dismissal of the conventional course that we had been on. I’m not recommending that anybody else do this. I’m presenting myself as some kind of a guinea pig.”

And Chachoua was so confident of his patient's success that he even injected himself with Sheen's blood, telling Dr Oz off camera that he would be the first person in the world "to go HIV negative."

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen

However, Sheen's agent confirmed on Wednesday that the actor is back on prescribed HIV medication.

"I’m a little off my game because right before I walked out here, I got some results I was disappointed about,” he added.

"I had been non-detectable, non-detectable and checking the blood every week and then found out the numbers are back up."

Actor Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards arrive at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on February 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Actor Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards arrive at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on February 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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