After Charlie Sheen publicly announced his HIV-positive diagnosis on live television, his doctor revealed new details about how he has been treated for the virus for the past four years.
During an interview with Today's Matt Lauer Tuesday morning, Sheen's doctor for "five to six years," Dr. Robert Huizenga, clarified the actor's exact medical condition at the present time.
"Charlie does not have AIDS," Huizenga said. "AIDS is a condition when the HIV virus markedly suppresses the immune system and you're susceptible to rare, difficult cancers and infections. Charlie has none of those. He is healthy. He does not have AIDS."
"Charlie has contracted the HIV virus. He was immediately put on treatment—strong antiviral drugs, which have suppressed the virus. Unfortunately, we don't have a cure yet. It's suppressed the virus to the point that he is absolutely healthy from that vantage, and my biggest concern with Charlie as a patient is substance abuse and depression from the disease, more than what the HIV virus can do in terms of shortening his life because it's not going to."
While Huizenga said Sheen has an undetectable level of the virus in his blood, his doctor mentioned that using protection during sexual intercourse is still essential in preventing the spread of the virus. "Individuals who are optimally treated, who have undetectable viral lobes, who responsibly use protection have an incredibly low...it's incredibly rare to transmit the virus. We can't say that that's zero, but it's a very, very low number," he said.