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

November 2, 2011


Nina Martinez

Nina Martinez, Decatur, Ga.; STD Policy Epidemiologist; Diagnosed in 1991

When I was diagnosed, it was 1991, the same year as Magic Johnson's announcement. The doctor said to me, "You have the human immunodeficiency virus. Do you know what that is?" Now, I don't know what 8-year-old knows what HIV is, but I knew the month prior I had heard the Magic Johnson announcement, and I thought, "This is great," because I was related to Magic Johnson in some way. So I started to tell that to my elementary school classmates. They would say, "That's so cool. How?" And I would tell them I have HIV. They don't know what HIV is either, but they go and tell their parents, "This girl in my school is related to Magic Johnson!"

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