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

November 2, 2011



fogcityjohn, San Francisco, Calif.; Lawyer; Diagnosed in 2004

On hearing Magic Johnson's announcement that he had HIV, my first thought was that it was a gutsy move. Johnson was a beloved NBA star, and he had to know what the revelation would mean for his career and his reputation. But he stepped out into the light and braved all the stigma and hysteria of the pre-cocktail era. I also hoped that his coming out would make people realize HIV can affect anyone, and would spur increased research and prevention efforts. While that didn't happen, Johnson has become an important advocate for all poz people.

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