AIDS Claimed Celebrity Victims, but Stars Lead Fight
May 31, 2011
Many high-profile celebrities have used their status to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS during the 30 years of the epidemic.
EJAF has raised some $225 million for projects in 55 countries since its founding in 1992. John's "White Tie and Tiara Ball," which he has co-hosted since 1999 with partner David Furnish, is a star-studded fixture on the charity circuit.
Retired basketball star Magic Johnson has campaigned tirelessly for AIDS since announcing in 1991 that he was HIV-positive. "This happened to me for a reason, and I know it was for me to help someone else," he said in a Newsweek story ahead of the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS.
Johnson is focusing on reducing the troubling HIV infection rate for African-American women -- 15 times that of their white peers. "Those numbers really break my heart," said Johnson. "The gay community has done such a great job of getting their message across, and it's worked. But there is still such a stigma with the virus in our community and that prevents any progress."
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