Basketball superstar Magic Johnson made the shocking announcement that he had tested HIV positive and was immediately retiring from basketball. While HIV/AIDS had previously been associated only with homosexuals and drug addicts, Johnson’s admission signaled a new awareness of the risk of HIV infection among straight men and women. Since his retirement, Johnson has been involved in efforts to increase awareness of the virus, particularly among African American men. With a daily regimen of drugs, he has kept the virus from developing into AIDS.
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