Actor Charlie Sheen used to call his lifestyle of drugs, sex and debauchery “winning” – and now the National Enquirer is reporting the actor has tested HIV positive.
The former “Two and a Half Men” star is scheduled to make a “revealing personal announcement” on Tuesday with “Today” show host Matt Lauer.
The full announcement will be posted on Today.com after the show airs, a press release by the show said Monday.
Sheen’s interview with Lauer follows weeks of reports by RadarOnline, the Sun and the Enquirer that a Hollywood star known for sleeping with adult film stars, prostitutes and transgender men tested positive for the virus in 2013.
The Enquirer said Monday that it will release the findings of its 18-month investigation into the actor’s health on Nov. 18.
“It’s the culmination of a dogged 18-month investigation that has uncovered how television’s one-time highest paid star potentially spread the devastating virus to dozens of unsuspecting women,” the publication reported. “Sheen, 50, has already begun a regimen of medication meant to counteract the effects of the disease, sources said.”
“Charlie’s outlook is positive,” a source told the magazine.
“He led a dangerous lifestyle. He’s learned this the hardest possible way,” a friend who wished to remain anonymous told RadarOnline Nov. 2.
“His worst fear is that he will be remembered not as a great actor but as someone who contracted the disease,” added another source.
The website’s sources said the actor takes an “AIDS cocktail” of powerful drugs to keep the disease from spreading. They said his partners were upset he played “Russian roulette” with their lives.
The clinical latency of HIV typically lasts 10 years without treatment, AIDS.gov reported. Those who develop AIDS then last an average of three years without treatment.