Aaron Carter revealed on Wednesday that he might be HIV positive. On the morning of Sept. 14, however, we learned that his test results came back negative, although doctors say his body is "hanging by a thread."
The pop singer made the announcement on a special two-part episode of "The Doctors," reports the Daily Mail.
In Part One, the 29-year-old revealed that he weighs just 115 pounds, which is what led him to fear that he might have HIV.
"Because I'm so skinny, I'm still so skinny," he explained. "And that was the biggest one for me."
His abuse of prescription drugs, including Xanax and Oxycodone, was also revealed, which he admitted to buying on the street when he can't get them legally.
Carter reached out to "The Doctors" following his July DUI arrest, and after he had endured repeated body-shaming from people who are convinced he has cancer or AIDS.
"I think Aaron is here today for one reason. He's hoping to feel better about his life, his health," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork said on the show.
Seeking answers, the show sent him to gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez.
"I just get made fun of a lot for how I look… because I'm gaunt and I'm skinny," Carter told Dr. Rodriguez. "I'm concerned about my overall health because people tell me I look like I have AIDS or I look like I have cancer, or I look like I'm dying."
When asked about drugs use, he said: "I do not do any cocaine, I do not do any meth, everyone always calls me a crack head and a meth head, whether it's news outlets, blogs, they are body-shaming me every day. I've never smoked crack in my life, I've never smoked meth in my life."
Rodriguez ordered an upper endoscopy, an HIV test, STD panel, in addition to tests for his liver, kidneys, and thyroid.
The drug test came back positive for THC, benzodiazepines, and opiates.
Dr. Domenick Sportelli, a psychiatrist brought in by the show, explained to Carter the danger of taking benzodiazepines and opiates.
"When you're an anxious person, you're driving a speeding car that's out of control, totally out of control," Sportelli said. "I give you a benzo, it's like letting you put on the brakes to that car for a little while, but in a couple of hours that car is going to be out of control again. You need to learn how to drive the car. I don't just want to give you a break. I want to teach you how to drive the car."
In Part Two of the show, Carter got the results of the HIV test.
"That was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life," he said. "After not getting annual checkups and testing and being safe, actually, being safe so I could be safe for others, more importantly. That's what scared me. I felt like I was putting people at risk with my body … I didn't have the courage to go face the music."
But his worries proved to be unfounded, as Rodriguez informed him that he tested negative for HIV.
"My heart is racing … I have to say thank you, thank you so much. I was so scared," Carter said upon hearing the results.
He also tested negative for Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. In addition, his liver, kidneys, and thyroid proved to be healthy, and the endoscopy showed no signs of esophageal cancer.
However, tests did reveal candida, a fungal infection, in Aaron's throat. "You are clearly immunodeficient," Stork explained to him. "You have candida growing in your esophagus and you are malnourished, and your body mass index at 17 is in a scary range."
Rodriguez added: "In my opinion, you're not healthy ... physically right now, I think your body is hanging on by a thread, seriously. Your mind has to calm down … you are going a million miles a minute … until there is peace in your mind, the rest is not going to follow."
Carter agreed. "It's got to stop. I want it to stop," he insisted. "There is no happy ending to anything that is going down my mouth orally when it comes to these pills, and I know that."