Earvin Johnson Stuns The World With His HIV-Positive Status - 11/7/1991

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Exactly on this day in 1991, the celebrated basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of NBA shocked the world by declaring his sudden retirement from the game, when he found out that he had obtained HIV virus, the virus that leads to AIDS. The news was surprising because at the time, almost every Americans believed AIDS affected only drug addicts and homosexuals. Making him to be one of the first sports stars to open-up to the world about is HIV positive status. Johnson admitted to have contracted the deadly virus through unprotected sex.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a 6'9"feet heterosexual African American born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, United States. He was respected as one of the best basketball players ever. He spent his whole 13 seasons NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and playing a crucial role in helping the team to win five championship titles in the 1980's. Known popularly for his amazing passing skills, infectious grin and passion for the game, he was one of the NBA's first player ever to sign an over-the-top-contracts when he signed a $25 million deal with the Lakers for 25 years in 1981.

He badged a three-time NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) and 12-time All-Star team member, however, Johnson did not totally hang-up his b-ball shoes after declaring his retirement in 1991. In fact, in 1992, he was voted NBA All-Star Game most valuable player, and the summer of the same year, he was part of the Dream Team that won gold medal for the U.S. in Barcelona alongside Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Patrick Ewing at the Olympic Games. Afterwards, he became the Lakers head coach for the 1993-1994 season and made a brief return as a Lakers player in the 1995-1996 season.

Presently, Johnson now 52 years old, is an active figure and activist for AIDS awareness and a prosperous businessman, acquiring millions from a wide range of businesses, which includes movie theaters and eateries. Strong as ever, Johnson is still active in his roles as a sport analyst; his ability to fight the deadly virus through varieties of medications that was made available for HIV patients has changed AIDS from a capital punishment into a sensible condition for some individuals in the U.S. if properly managed. Unfortunately, 25 million people have lost their lives worldwide to the deadly virus AIDS (though the first case was reported 25 years back) while more than 40 million people are already infected with the virus. 

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