Superstar with HIV

Earvin Johnson was born on August 14 1959 in Michigan. He had 6 siblings and grew up watching his oldest brothers play basketball. So he started to play very young and he had a natural talent for it. For example, in eighth grade, he scored 48 points during a game. From that moment, people knew he had a future in basketball. After, in High school, he was very dominant and that’s when he got his famous nickname, Magic. Later, he went to Michigan State University where he won the NCAA championship. And in 1979, he was the first pick of the NBA draft, selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. On his rookie year with the professionals, he won the national championship and was named the finals MVP. He is still the only player who received this award on his rookie year. In his professional career, from 1979 to 1991, he was five times NBA champion, three times finals MVP, three times MVP of the league and he went twelve times to the All-Star Game. Plus, in 2002, he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame and in 2007 he was named the best point guard of all time by ESPN.

In 1991, he retired after being tested positive for HIV. When he made the announcement that he had the infection, it caught the attention of all the United States. Even former President Bush said: "For me, Magic is a hero, a hero for anyone who loves sports.", and everybody in the country showed that kind of respect. His announcement was so important that in 2004, it was named "the seventh most memorable moment of the last 25 years" by ESPN.

Also, from the moment he got tested positive he started doing a lot of activism for HIV. In fact, in 1991, he created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat and prevent the HIV. Later, in 1999, he was the main speaker for the United Nations World AIDS Day Conference. Plus, he did a lot of campaigns to prevent HIV and educate people about what it is.

Magic Johnson is now 54 years old and he has been following treatments for more than 20 years to control the virus. This man is a real inspiration for people who are HIV positive. Plus, he showed the world that everybody can have it and that even if you are infected, you can change things.


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