Charlie Sheen is back on his HIV medication.
The 50-year-old actor admitted in a pre-taped segment for an appearance on The Dr Oz Show earlier this week he had stopped the treatment his own doctor had advised him on in order to seek alternative therapy in Mexico, under the care of Dr Sam Chachoua, but after the ‘numbers [went] back up’, he has returned to conventional medicine.
His manager, Mark Burg, said: ‘Just to be clear, Charlie put his life at risk for a doctor who claimed to have a cure for HIV. When it didn’t work he immediately went back on his medication.’
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Back on track: Charlie Sheen admitted in a pre-taped segment for an appearance on The Dr Oz Show earlier this week he had stopped HIV treatment; He has since resumed taking his medication
The former Anger Management actor is planning to return to Dr. Oz’s show for another episode on Monday, January 18.
His manager told People magazine: ‘Charlie is not being paid for doing The Dr. Oz Show.
‘For now, he is doing one more episode of the show where he talks about what he’s learning about the disease.
Speaking out: The Anger Management star will return to Dr. Oz’s show on Monday, January 18 to continue to talk about his health
‘[He will also be discussing] how he is taking a holistic medical approach to strengthen his immune system and meeting various doctors and researchers regarding HIV in a future episode.’
Charlie – who went public about his HIV status last November – admitted he had been ‘risking his life’ in stopping his medication.
He said: ‘I’m been off my meds for about a week now. Am I risking my life? Sure. So what? I was born dead. That part of it doesn’t bother me at all.’
Back on meds: The 50-year-old actor went public about his HIV status last November, admitting he had been ‘risking his life’ in stopping his medication
However, he admitted that he now has detectable traces of HIV in his blood, after previously having an undetectable amount.
He said: ‘I’m a little off my game because right before I walked out here, I got some results I was disappointed about. I had been non-detectable, non-detectable and checking the blood every week and then found out the numbers are back up.’
And Charlie’s personal physician, Dr Robert Huizenga, admitted he was upset about Charlie’s recent decisions about his health.
He said: ‘It would just break my heart if you did anything where you threw that opportunity … away and went back to where we were several decades ago. It would just break my heart if we were to risk returning to that horrible part of our history.’
While on the show, Charlie also said that his lifestyle choices certainly played a part in his ‘manic behaviors’.
“Manic behavior is usually in the throes of deep partying,’ he told Dr. Oz. ‘Deep substance abuse and drinking. It doesn’t really happen when I’m not doing that.’
One more: The star will do one more episode of Dr. Oz to talk about what he’s learning about the disease