Magic Johnson's HIV Announcement Resonates 21 Years Later


Despite advances in HIV testing and treatments, AIDS still kills nearly 18,000 Americans each year, according to the CDC. Part of the problem is that one in five people living with HIV is unaware, according to the Magic Johnson Foundation.

That's why Nov. 7 is "Point Forward Day," an awareness event named after Johnson's role as both point guard and forward with the L.A. Lakers created to educate people about HIV and encourage them to get tested so they can get treated.

"It's about finding out early, but it's also about education, because there are still so many myths out there," the foundation's Williamson said. "HIV doesn't have to happen to you when you make the right decisions and practice safe sex."

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