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

November 2, 2011


Maria T. Mejia

Maria Mejia, Miami, Fla.; Activist and Peer Educator; Diagnosed in 1991

A few months after I was diagnosed at the age of 18, I saw him on TV making his announcement. Even though I knew of Ryan White, Magic Johnson was someone I related to more. I actually felt I was not the only one in the world with the virus. It was a very difficult time back then; there was much more stigma and ignorance, and people were dying of AIDS constantly. I always relate, and write about, me being diagnosed with the time he came out and said he had HIV. I will always be connected to him in this way. And after these 20 years it is very sad that people still lack information on the virus, and carry so much ignorance and stigma, or self-stigma.

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