Charlie Sheen: I only had unprotected sex twice
Charlie Sheen claims he only had unprotected sex twice.
The 'Two And A Half Men' star - who revealed to the world in November that he has been HIV-positive for the last four years - says he has always been "the guy that promoted" the use of condoms but was incredibly unlucky.
He said: "[It happened] a couple of times. Twice. And we would be having a different dialogue."
When asked if that meant he had only had unprotected sex twice, he added: "Oh yeah. 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."
And the 50-year-old actor - who has daughters Cassandra, 31, Sam, 12, and Lola, 11, and seven-year-old twin sons, Bob and Max - is grateful he was able to speak out about his diagnosis as he has been able to help others through his own battle.
He added: "I have mad gratitude, 100 per cent. Thank you. My life is more fluid, it's more courageous, it's more heroic. If I'd known it was going to move towards that, I would have come out a lot sooner.
"Oftentimes, we're in the middle of things that feel like a curse or some measure of damnation. Then you move past that veil of judgement and you get to the other side and realise this helps others, you know? When I start a dialogue, the fires burn hotter. I'm fine with that. And boy, that is what happened."
Meanwhile, Charlie tries to stay in good spirits about his diagnosis and insists he doesn't miss having sex.
He told The Sun newspaper: "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. 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'.
"[I miss sex] but not to the extent where something is missing. Not to the extent where I'm saying, 'Oh that night could have been so much better.' It's fine. I mean, sex isn't going anywhere. It's still there. And if available, awesome. If not, no big deal. I'll spend more time hanging with my parents, you know?"