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Charlie Sheen to reveal positive HIV status on “Today.”

…at least that’s the word from TMZ:

Charlie Sheen will reveal to the world that he’s HIV positive.

Sources connected to “NBC’s Today” tell TMZ … Sheen will sit down with Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning to make the announcement.

NBC touted the interview in a press release as Sheen making a “revealing personal announcement.”

A tabloid report came out today claiming Sheen’s been keeping the diagnosis secret for years. You’ve gotta imagine he’ll address that report tomorrow morning on ‘Today.’

Hm. I’m wondering if this has something to do with his erratic behavior in past years (as far as coping with the diagnosis/etc).

Should be an interesting interview.

Just as a side: The internet and social media takes the curiosity out of EVERYTHING. We know all about an interview/speech before it’s even given.

UPDATED: 1:15pm

Okay. So one question I had was how long has he known his status? And another is … ummm…has he informed his partners? I mean, he was having A LOT of sex…

Well, again, that’s what TMZ is here for…

Charlie Sheen kept his HIV status under wraps, but everything unraveled when some former partners threatened him with lawsuits … TMZ has learned.

As we reported, Charlie will appear on “Today’ and reveal he’s HIV positive.  We’re told he’s known about his status for more than a year and he kept a lid on the information.

We’re told things changed when Charlie confided in several friends he thought were confidants … it turned out they weren’t, and spread the word he was HIV positive.

That led to several of Charlie’s former partners contacting him and threatening a lawsuit because they were unaware of his status when they had interaction with him.  Our sources say Charlie settled several of the cases and, in return for money, got confidentiality agreements.

We’re told one of the settlements occurred late last month.

We also know when people go to Charlie’s house they are almost always required to sign confidentiality agreements which require anyone who might make a claim to do so in arbitration and not through the courts … which thereby keeps things private.

Um. Wow.

Guess money talks, huh? <– I know the answer to this question.