In an interview with Dr. Oz last week, Charlie Sheen revealed a bizarre incident in which an Australian doctor living in Mexico promising to cure the HIV-positive actor with alternative medicine injected himself with Sheen's blood. Prior to seeking Dr. Samir Chachoua's treatment, Sheen had reduced the level of the virus in his bloodstream to extremely low levels with traditional antivirals. However, the actor ceased traditional treatment to make himself "a sort of guinea pig." Dr. Chachoua's extremely risky demonstration of faith in his methods, however, shocked even the notoriously wild celebrity, who called the moment "inappropriate and completely mind-blowing." Sheen also cautioned other HIV patients about seeking alternative treatment.
Sadly (for everyone involved), Sheen noted that shortly before appearing on Dr. Oz's program, HIV had returned to his own bloodstream and he had resumed traditional anti-retroviral drugs. "I'm a little off my game because right before I walked out here, I got some results I was disappointed about," said Sheen. "I had been non-detectable, non-detectable and checking the blood every week and then found out the numbers are back up." The full interview is not available on YouTube, but here is a segment:
Again, Charlie Sheen made very clear that he was returning to traditional anti-retroviral drugs and did not endorse Dr. Chachoua, merely stating that he was willing to try something new himself. "I'm not recommending that anybody else do this." He said that at first, things seemed to be going well. "We did see some incredible results early on," but ultimately, "I did an experiment I didn't have any faith in but I went along with it."
Defenders of the doctor have since blamed Sheen, saying he must not have followed the treatment correctly. Sheen also told Dr. Oz that he's come to terms with the fact that he may be bipolar. "I've been described by that, I've been diagnosed as that," but took a lighter view of it, calling it "the genius disease."
Sheen revealed his diagnosis back in November, blaming the stress of the disease and the many people blackmailing him for his bizarre and at times outrageous behavior. All in all, the actor and his notorious "tiger blood" are certainly good examples for facing these sorts of difficulties with optimism.