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How did Magic Johnson become infected
May 7, 2004

How did Magic Johnson contract hiv? And how long has he been hiv positive.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Why do you ask? If Magic contracted the virus from a tainted blood transfusion rather than heterosexual sex, would it really make any difference? If I contracted the virus from a failed condom rather than an occupational exposure, would it make any difference? None of the 45 million of us living with the virus is any more innocent or guilty than anyone else. None of us wanted to be HIV-positive. What is crucial for you to know and understand are the well-described methods of HIV transmission, so that you can make every possible effort to avoid becoming infected.

How long has Magic been positive? We may know when he had his first positive HIV test, but that does not indicate when he got infected. Magic has a website. If you have more questions, ask him, not me.

Dr. Bob



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