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20 Years of Magic: How One Man's HIV Disclosure Inspired Others

November 2, 2011


Sherri Beachfront Lewis

Sherri Beachfront Lewis, Los Angeles, Calif.; Activist, Writer, Humanitarian and Entertainer; Diagnosed in 1987

In 1991, Magic Johnson held a press conference telling the world that he tested HIV positive. I was already diagnosed HIV positive in 1987 and given five years to live even though I was healthy. I was married with a 16-year-old stepson, Blue. We were a basketball family since Blue was 6 feet 6 inches tall! Blue knew that I was HIV positive for years; but having a basketball star -- a heterosexual man -- come out was an important message for him to see.

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