Congratulations: Magic Johnson Announced He Was HIV Positive 20 Years Ago Today…And He’s Still Going Strong!

- By Bossip Staff Categories: A "Lil Positivity", Congratulations, News

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Magic Johnson reaches an milestone that nobody thought he’d live to see.

The sports world was shocked on November 7th, 1991 when Magic Johnson held a press conference to announce that he was HIV positive and retiring from basketball. The backlash was instant and shocking. Fellow NBA players refused to play with him while rumors began swirling.

Also, back in 1991, AIDS was considered an instant death sentence. People figured he would be dead in a matter of months. But 20 years later, Johnson has become a staple in the business community and is as well-respected there as he was an NBA player. His story of survival and his contribution to AIDS research has been truly amazing.

Congrats Magic and here’s to another 20+ years.

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