The Golden Globe-winning actor Charlie Sheen spoke about his diagnosis of HIV, mentioning that at first he wanted to eat a bullet.
The actor went public with his HIV diagnosis in November 2015, four years after he was diagnosed.
“I feel like I’m carrying the torch for a lot of folks out there that are suffering from the same thing.” Sheen told ABC News in an interview.
“The day I was diagnosed, I immediately wanted to eat a bullet. But my mom was there, I wouldn’t do that in front of her, or let her find me to clean up that mess.” Sheen said.
“But then, something else came over me. They gave me a handful of pills and said, ‘You can go home now, and you’re going to live,” he added.
Testing new treatment
Sheen said that he has been for eight months now a part of a Food and Drug Administration Study for a new HIV treatment, a medication for a drug called PRO-140 that currently is close to being approved.
“It’s not this hideous cocktail that leads to so many side effects and, and just, just so much disdain, you know, emotionally and physically. It’s one shot a week, and there’s no side effects,” Sheen said about the new treatment.