Charlie Sheen Dedicates Life to Finding Cure for HIV/AIDS

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Charlie Sheen went public with his HIV-positive status in November. During a conversation with Dr. Oz on Monday, he says he has since dedicated his life to finding a cure for the deadly disease.

Sheen began his conversation by discussing the meds used to keep HIV-positive patients from developing full blown AIDS.

"There's a host of side-effects that are manageable," he told Dr. Oz. "I was just curious, as I think a lot of people are. You know, you ingest something every day, and you feel a certain way. I just got curious about what I might feel like off this stuff. And then, if what was being professed, if any part of it was true, then I thought it was worth exploring."

Charlie Sheen regrets, however, that he took so long to begin treatment following his HIV diagnosis.

"I'm amazed that I'm actually alive. But I beat myself up from time to time about why it took me so long once I knew that I was HIV positive to really start embracing the whole physical package and the whole psychological package about bettering myself," he tells Dr. Oz.

Since coming out about his battle, Charlie Sheen says he is dedicating the rest of his life to finding a cure. No, he doesn't plan to research the disease himself, but rather to provide funding instead.

"I hope in my abilities to do something really positive with this," he said.

After disclosing his illness in November, Charlie Sheen discussed his situation with The Today Show co-anchor Matt Lauer.

"I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people," he said at the time. "And hopefully with what we're doing today, others may come forward and say, 'Thanks, Charlie. Thanks for kicking the door open.'"

Hopefully Charlie Sheen makes good on his promise to help find (and fund) a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Do you think people take the former Two and a Half Men star seriously--enough to believe he will actually help fund this research? Has he lost a lot of believability because of his erratic behavior?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.