Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Online, Charlie Sheen has revealed that his HIV has been fully suppressed by an experimental injection in a clinical trial.
The actor has been a part of a clinical trial for a drug PRO-140 since early 2016. He opened up about his progress on World AIDS Day, when health officials the world over celebrate advancements in HIV research.
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Sheen has been getting weekly injections with no side effects unlike traditional antiretroviral therapy (ART). The head of his clinical trial informed him that he has achieved complete suppression of the virus using the new method alone.
Sheen said he had never felt so strong and confident about his condition, and hoped the research would support both, approval for the treatment and de-stigmatise people living with HIV.
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“I'm so grateful for the geniuses at CytoDyn for developing this and finding me.” Sheen said. Eight months into the trial, the actor said he had not felt any side effects.
“You'd think that I have this disease and I'm doing a trial so I'm probably covered in blackheads and all that. Not at all. I haven't felt anything - nothing. The only thing that I've noticed was that on the day of the injection I felt a little bit of fatigue. Just a little bit. But you know... ‘hash tag so what?!' I could barely notice it, and now I feel great. It's beyond the pale of amazing,” he said.
On Tuesday, he received a text from Nader Pourhassan, the CEO of Canadian pharmaceutical company behind the drug, saying he had just received Sheen's recent two viral load results. Both were TND (target not detectable) – that is, complete suppression.
PRO-140 is an 'entry and fusion inhibitor' that is injected weekly. This protects cells in the immune system from HIV infection. It is made from an antibody, rather than synthetic chemicals.
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