Actor Charlie Sheen is scheduled to appear on the "Today" show on Nov. 17 where he will make a personal announcement, which some sources are speculating will be an HIV positive status.
Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman told PEOPLE that he was approached about six months ago regarding Sheen's situation.
"The interview could open up a lot of sympathy for him, but he has to be concerned about a fear of litigation from former sexual partners," Bragman told the magazine. "You don't take that lightly."
Bragman added that he has been told that the 50-year-old actor "is getting treatment, and a lot of people in his life know about it."
"It's been going on for quite awhile," Bragman said. "He's not necessarily comfortable talking about it. It was very hard to get up the courage for him to talk about it."
Bragman added that he feels sorry for what Sheen is going through, and he hopes his announcement can show that the disease can affect anyone.
Sheen is going to make the disclosure because he has been threatened with lawsuits by former partners, according to TMZ. The gossip site claims that Sheen has been HIV positive for more than a year, and he told some close friends who allegedly talked about his condition.
His former partners reportedly found out and threatened him with lawsuits. Sources told TMZ that the actor reached financial settlements with some of them in exchange for confidentiality agreements. People who go to Sheen's house these days also have to sign confidentiality agreements.