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Monday
Nov072011

20 Years Ago: Magic Johnson Announces He's HIV Positive

NOVEMBER 7, 1991: Magic Johnson announces his retirement from basketball after being diagnosed as HIV positive. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --Twenty years ago, basketball superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced to the public that he tested positive for HIV. 

The 32-year-old retired from the Los Angeles Lakers, but returned for the 1992 All-Star Game and for part of the 1996 season. 

In the past two decades, Johnson has become a high-profile activist for HIV-AIDS prevention.  He created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat the spread of HIV and teach people to not discriminate against those living with the virus.  

Since the foundation’s inception in 1991, its mission has expanded to include a broader spectrum of the “educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.”

The Magic Johnson Foundation announced Monday the launch of a national day of awareness they’re calling Point Forward Day. On Point Forward Day the foundation asks that Americans unite to learn their status, and in partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation his foundation will host free confidential testing events in cities across the U.S.

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