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

November 2, 2011


Khafre Abif

Khafre Abif, Augusta, Ga.; Activist, Writer and Librarian; Diagnosed in 1991

I remember the day Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced that he had been infected with HIV. I was sitting in the student union TV room on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. I stood there with a room full of students, listening to his every word. By the time he finished his statement, I was in tears. Other students were in shock, but I had already received the same diagnosis. But I was no "Magic." I couldn't understand my emotions at that moment. Looking back, I know that the tears were for me -- because I had yet to stand and say, "I AM HIV POSITIVE."

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