Richard Cordova III, Chicago, Ill.; Project Manager for TPAN; Diagnosed in 2002
Twenty years have passed since Magic Johnson revealed his HIV-positive status to the world. The medications have come so far since that day, but have we? Is the average person living with HIV ready to share that news with the world? With friends? With family? I don't think so. In my experience, as limited as it may be, I have found that people are ashamed of their status, and don't feel comfortable enough to tell others. Bravo to Magic Johnson for doing something 20 years ago that most of us aren't even willing to do today. What will the next 20 years bring? That's up to you and me.