On Tuesday, the actor revealed that he had temporarily stopped taking his HIV medication! It turns out that the 50-year-old had ditched his traditional medicine in the hopes of being cured south of the border!
The Two and a Half Men alum explained on The Dr. Oz Show that he wasn’t afraid of running the risk of hurting his health, saying:
“I’ve been off my meds for about a week now. Am I risking my life? Sure. So what? I was born dead. That part of it doesn’t phase me at all.”
For those of you who are completely shocked by this bold move, the Anger Management star told the 55-year-old that he was receiving alternative treatment from a doctor in Mexico.
He said that Dr. Sam Chachoua — who is not licensed to practice in the U.S. — had been working on a vaccine for HIV, but did not discuss details about the process.
Instead, Dr. Oz shared an audio recording of a phone conversation he had with the physician, who said:
“I drew some blood from him and I injected myself with it and I said, ‘Charlie, if I don’t know what I’m doing, then we’re both in trouble now aren’t we?'”
Dr. Chachoua also insisted that his patient was “the first person in history without antiviral therapy” to be cured of the disease.
However, when the ailing actor sat down in-studio for his talk show appearance — which was taped on December 8 — he explained that his condition had gotten worse since he first announced his diagnosis last year, saying:
“I’m a little off my game because right before I walked out here, I got some results I was disappointed about. I had been non-detectable, non-detectable and checking the blood every week and then found out the numbers are back up.”
The amount of HIV in the famous father’s blood had been undetectable until recently. He also stressed that he’s not recommending his alternative treatment, adding:
“I didn’t see it as Russian roulette. I didn’t see it as a complete dismissal of the conventional course we’ve been on. I’m not recommending that anyone ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ I’m presenting myself as a type of guinea pig.”
At the time, he told Dr. Oz that he would resume his medication on the flight back to New York from L.A.
And now that it’s been over a month since this interview was filmed, Charlie’s manager is confirming that the star followed through with his promise, explaining:
“Charlie is back on his meds. He tried a cure from a doctor in Mexico but the minute the numbers went up, he started taking his medicine. He said he would start on the plane on the way home and that is exactly what he did.”
Well, we’re really glad Charlie is back to his normal treatment, and we hope his health is able to improve again.
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