Charlie Sheen went on the Today show earlier this week to announce something that he and several close confidants had known for years; Sheen is HIV positive.
Reportedly receiving the diagnosis from doctors over 4 years ago, Sheen said to Matt Lauer on Today that was not sure how he contracted the disease, or from whom, but later that day reflected that it was entirely possible that he had gotten it from a tainted source of tiger’s blood.
“I suppose people thought I as joking when I would reference having tiger’s blood, but I wasn’t kidding,” said Sheen. “I really did have many, many transfusions of fresh-squeezed tiger blood injected into my own. I thought it would make me stronger, and able to do mountains more cocaine than I already was. In the end, maybe it was a bad idea.”
If it’s true that Sheen contracted the disease from tainted tiger blood, it would be the first case of the FIV virus, the feline version of HIV, being transferred to a human.