Charlie Sheen reveals he's HIV positive in TODAY Show exclusive

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Charlie Sheen: 'I'm HIV Positive,' Paid Many Who Threatened to Expose Me

Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive Tuesday in an exclusive TODAY interview with Matt Lauer.

"I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive," the 50-year-old actor said.

"I have to put a stop to this barrage of attacks and sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me that threaten the health of so many others," he said. "[It] couldn't be farther from the truth."

Sheen said he was diagnosed roughly four years ago.

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

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Charlie Sheen in a scene from the film 'Platoon', 1986. (Photo by Orion/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - JULY 1: Actor Charlie Sheen in town to promote the movie 'Major League' prior to an Indians game at the Cleveland Municipal Stadium on July 1, 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio . (Photo by Janet Macoska/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Kelly Preston and Charlie Sheen at the Fox Theater in Westwood, California (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn in publicity portrait for the film 'Navy Seals', 1990. (Photo by Orion/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Charlie Sheen attends Charlie Sheen Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony on September 24, 1994 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4599 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Charlie Sheen during an interview with host Jay Leno on January 22, 2014 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 12: Charlie Sheen visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 12, 2015 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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The revelation renewed a spotlight on Sheen's troubled history with drug addiction, pornography and prostitutes.

Sheen rose to become one of Hollywood's best-known actors through a series of memorable movie roles including "Wall Street" and "Red Dawn." In more recent years, however, his public persona was shaped by a public meltdown during his 2011 feud with the creator of "Two and a Half Men," the television series that helped him become the highest-paid television actor at the time. In the end,Sheen was fired from the show.

On the program, Sheen played an irresponsible womanizer who moves in with his single-dad brother. The characterization seemed to be a perfect fit for Sheen, who was a tabloid staple in the 1990s. He entered drug rehabilitation programs and, in 1995, was called to testify in a trial against Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. He admitted to spending more than $50,000 on prostitutes through her ring.

Sheen's most recent show, "Anger Management," went off the air last year.

Sheen has two children each with former wives, Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.

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American fashion designer Perry Ellis (1940 - 1986) at the Council of Fashion Designers of America 1981 awards dinner at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street, New York City, 14th January 1982. (Photo by Tom Gates/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe

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