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."