Ibrahim, New York City, N.Y.; Student; Diagnosed in 2009
Magic pushed the understanding of HIV in a way that no one else was capable of. This is because of who he is and what he was. His legacy as a symbol of hope reached the Middle East. I am sure his decision to disclose his HIV status was not easy by any means -- after all, he is a human being with emotions and feelings. The great thing about his decision is that he didn't try to market this issue. He is often referenced when refuting the myth of HIV equaling death, which makes Magic equal life.