NEW YORK, NY – In an interview with Matt Lauer on TODAY, Charlie Sheen opened up about being HIV-positive.
"It's a hard three letters to absorb," he said.
Sheen told Lauer he was diagnosed four years ago after a series of migraines and hospitalization.
"I thought I had a brain tumor, I thought it was over."
He says he made the announcement after people he trusted with his secret tried to extort him for over a million dollars.
"They were deep in my inner circle and I thought that they could be helpful … my trust turned to their treason."
He says now he hopes to help destigmatize the virus.
"I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people."