Charlie Sheen tells all to Dr. Oz in shows to air Monday and Tuesday

By Karen Butler  |  Jan. 9, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Actor Charlie Sheen will be seen talking about his battle with drug addiction and his HIV-positive diagnosis in episodes of the health-themed Dr. Oz Show, set to air Monday and Tuesday.

The in-depth interview was taped over several days at Sheen's Los Angeles home and the New York television studio where Dr. Oz is filmed.

"When a high-profile person like Charlie has the courage to come forward and open up about something as personal their HIV status, we have a rare teachable moment to educate people on the exact nature of HIV, the daily life of a person living with HIV, as well as treatment and prevention," Dr. Mehmet Oz, the show's host, said in a statement Friday.

"Charlie's uphill battle extends beyond HIV into other areas, such as his battle with drugs and alcohol. Simply bringing the viewer into his day-to-day struggles provide a more accurate picture of the complex circumstances and solutions faced by people living with HIV."

Sheen, 50, is the father of five children, the son of beloved actor Martin Sheen and the brother of actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez.

"I'm here to admit that I am, in fact, HIV-positive," Charlie Sheen said on the Today show in November.

"I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories about threatening the health of so many others, which couldn't be farther from the truth," said the actor after news of his health issues had been leaked to the media.

Sheen then explained he was diagnosed with the disease about four years ago and only told those he trusted about his condition.

"It's a hard three letters to absorb," he added. "It's a turning point in one's life."

Sheen said he decided to speak out when he did because he was tired of being blackmailed by several people who demanded cash in exchange for their silence. He did not specify how many people he has paid off, but did say he has spent millions of dollars trying to keep the secret.

The actor is known for his work in the films Lucas, Platoon, Major League and Hot Shots!, as well as on the TV sitcoms Spin City, Two and a Half Men and Anger Management.

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