It has been 30 years since Magic revealed to the world publicly that he was diagnosed with HIV!
According to Fox News 29, legendary retired basketball player and mogul took to his Twitter account to say recently to state, “God has really blessed me! Today marks 30 years living with HIV so the message resonated with me in such a tremendous way.”
The tweet continues, “ I thank the Lord for keeping me, giving me strength, and guiding me for 62 years but especially the last 30. Through it all I learned to trust in Jesus, and I learned to trust in God!”
God has really blessed me! Today marks 30 years living with HIV so the message resonated with me in such a tremendous way. I thank the Lord for keeping me, giving me strength, and guiding me for 62 years but especially the last 30. 🙏🏾
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 7, 2021
For context, Magic found out back in November 1991 that he had been declared HIV positive. Reports read that he personally believes he contracted the virus after having multiple sexual relations with different women.
Over the years he took a negative and turned it into a positive, utilizing his platform to spread awareness onto public consciousness like nobody before him.
Johnson has become the perfect ambassador in effort to raise understanding, compassion and money for people with AIDS, and those who are infected with the AIDS-causing virus.
Fast forward to today; anyone living with HIV can now live longer lives due to the advancement of medicine.
HIV is an immunodeficiency virus, a virus that weakens the immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. Though there is still no cure for the virus with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. When HIV is not properly treated, the virus then transforms into AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).