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Charlie Sheen dedicated to finding a cure for HIV

Charlie Sheen says he's dedicated to finding a cure for HIV in a new interview with the National Enquirer.

"I said to my mom, 'This disease picked the wrong guy.' If anybody can fight this thing and discover a cure, it's me. I will exhaust every resource available to me. I will sit with every expert. I will move forward until something's revealed," Sheen said, noting that his mom was with him when he learned about his HIV-positive status.

Sheen revealed in November that he's HIV-positive and had known about it for four years. The admission, made on the "Today" show, came after the National Enquirer published a story about his diagnosis.

"I am in a rare position to turn my diagnosis into a positive, and that began with telling my truth to Matt Lauer, and now I'm talking to you and The National Enquirer so that I can reach your audience with my story and continue to shine a light on this disease while brilliant scientists continue to search for a cure," he said.

Sheen says as part of his treatment he takes three pills a day, which costs about $4,000 a month. "I know that's prohibitive to a lot of people's economic scenarios. Perhaps in my research, and in my journey, we can help develop ways that make it affordable for all," he said.

Go here for more from the interview.