Thursday, November 7, 2013

It was 22 years ago today that Magic Johnson announced he had HIV. Now he's fine. Why isn't that bigger news?

On November 7th, 1991, Magic Johnson shocked the world with this announcement:
"Because of the HIV virus that I have attained I will have to retire from the Lakers, today."

A few weeks later in my high school freshman English class we were required to give a memorized speech of our choosing.  I selected the first few paragraphs from Magic's account of discovering he had the virus, as told to Sports Illustrated.  Everything I had learned up to that point in my life dictated that he was going to die.  HIV caused AIDS, and there was no cure for AIDS.

Twenty two years have past, and Magic Johnson is OK.  Magic Johnson has cured HIV.  If you have the finances to give you unlimited access to all the best medical treatments the world has to offer, HIV doesn't give you AIDS.  Johnson is living proof of that.  For a long, long time now I have been wondering why this isn't bigger news.

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