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Fame and HIV: 15 of History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities

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Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Most people over the age of 30 won't soon forget the emotional public disclosure on Nov. 7, 1991 from one of basketball's all-time greats. Magic's HIV diagnosis essentially ended a phenomenal NBA career, though he did make a few brief comebacks.

His disclosure spurred a re-evaluation of safety in sports and was a watershed moment in HIV awareness. He has thrived since, leading some to believe he was somehow cured. To combat this type of misinformation, Magic has dedicated himself to HIV education and helping those living with HIV through the Magic Johnson Foundation and several other efforts.




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