"I was born dead"
Charlie Sheen, for a short while, stopped taking his ART (antiretroviral therapy) medication after being offered by various doctors around the globe alternative treatments.
Less conventional medications and therapies can sometimes be incredibly effective alternatives to standard medicines prescribed by doctors. Unfortunately for Charlie Sheen, his experimentation with alternative HIV treatments was not one of these success cases.
The Two and a Half Men TV icon admitted on Dr. Oz that he sought the help of Dr. Samir Chachoua in Mexico as an alternative to his ART (antiretroviral medication). Charlie stopped taking his ART meds and was required to fly to Dr.Chachoua as the doctor who claimed to cure cancer and HIV is not able to practice in the United States.
“[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. I told my mom on Day 1 that this disease picked the wrong guy if it wanted to stay alive.”
In terms of the method used, it is reported that the doctor said the following:
“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?’”
The doctor then told Charlie that he was cured but the amount of the virus in Charlie's blood stream proliferated.
Oz urged Charlie to resume ART treatment with his normal doctor which Charlie has promised to do, stating:
"I'm gonna take them on the flight home [...] what am I, an idiot?"
As for the experience overall, Charlie commented:
“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 – I’m presenting myself as a type of guinea pig.”
At least the decision to stop ART was only temporary and Charlie is back on tried and tested drugs to keep himself healthy.