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Charlie Sheen: My HIV diagnosis could change the world

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Charlie Sheen: My HIV diagnosis could change the world

Charlie Sheen thinks his HIV diagnosis could help to "change the world".

The 50-year-old actor confirmed his HIV-positive status in mid-November and thinks his story can be used to help educate people about the issue.

Asked whether it can become a positive in his life, Charlie said: "It already is. It makes me take pause and ponder the concept that perhaps everything that led up to this was to gain the spotlight of popularity to finally deliver a message that truly matters.

"I'm grateful for everything I've been able to do in life. I've made a lot of people laugh and see the world differently through me. Now, maybe it's time to change the world."

Charlie also denied the accusation he was "afraid" to publicly acknowledge his illness, despite only doing so after he'd been the victim of blackmails.

He told Radar Online: "I wouldn't say I was afraid. But again, there was a privacy aspect of it. What I would say to others?

"If they're living in fear or living in some shackled existence, take it to the next level and be free of that prison."

Charlie also lifted the lid on his day-to-day experiences of having HIV and revealed he's actively seeking to find a more affordable treatment.

He shared: "I have to take three pills each day. The total cost is about $4,000 a month. I know that's prohibitive to a lot of people's economic scenarios.

"Perhaps in my research, and in my journey, we can help develop ways that make it affordable for all."