Thursday 29 September 2016

Charlie Sheen: 'I had unprotected sex twice and got HIV'

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Published 18/06/2016 | 16:04

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen has stated he only had unprotected sex twice, which led to him being infected with HIV.

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The actor, who went public with his HIV-positive diagnosis in November last year, reveals in a new interview that he only engaged in unprotected sex twice because he was "too drunk or too bored" to wear a condom.

When asked by a reporter at The Sun how many times he has had unprotected sex, the 50-year-old replied, "A couple of times. Twice. And we would be having a different dialogue.

"I was always the guy that promoted it and said you’ve got to use condoms, this and that. I was too drunk or too bored one night and here we are."

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

The Wall Street star, who once boasted he had slept with more than 700 women, has been celibate for seven months, although not through choice.

"HIV is not the best pick-up line. So it has happened as a result of everybody else and myself having the knowledge, and that’s fine," he explained.

"You’d be amazed how much more you can accomplish and how much more you can learn when you’re not just trying to have sex.

"I make jokes about the diagnosis because you have to. Otherwise it’s just ‘awkward city’."

In 2011, at the height of Charlie's wild behaviour, he had a public meltdown and was subsequently dismissed from his lead role in sitcom Two and a Half Men. That same year, he discovered he was HIV-positive, though he chose to keep this private for another four years.

Charlie was criticised when he revealed his diagnosis, but now feels he has become more famous for his HIV status.

"People say, ‘What does it feel like to be the face of HIV?’," he shared.

"I’m like, ‘Euugh, unintentional’. But if that’s the reality of it, then so be it."

The actor, who confessed to missing sleeping with women on a regular basis, is defiant in the face of his health problems and remains positive when it comes to looking to the future.

"I’ve come back from the ashes a couple of times before," he added.

"Risen. I’ll just have to do it again."

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