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

November 2, 2011

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Kenyon Farrow

Kenyon Farrow, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Author and Activist

Magic Johnson's announcement of his HIV status did a lot of good, because it got many people talking about the virus, and the myths vs. the truth about prevention. At the same time, it also increased a certain amount of homophobia -- he had to continuously announce he was heterosexual, and many people still wondered about his sexuality. In many ways, it set up the witch hunt for "men on the down low" that would soon begin a few years later.





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