On November 7, 1991 basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson stunned the world by announcing his sudden retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
At the time, many Americans viewed AIDS as a gay white man’s disease. Until Magic, who is African American and heterosexual, was one of the first sports stars to go public about his HIV-positive status.
Fast forward to today 2014, Johnson is a prominent spokesman for AIDS awareness and a successful businessman, earning millions from a range of ventures, including movie theaters and restaurants. He serves as an example of how a variety of drug treatments have transformed AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition for many people in the U.S.
Therefore, some individuals who are sexually active have become relaxed with the reality of this disease, believing they are exempted from contracting it because of modern day treatments and advancements but they could be no further from the truth.
Still, some 25 years after the first AIDS cases were reported, 25 million people worldwide have died of AIDS and another 40 million have been infected with the virus.
Still so many people don’t mind engaging in unprotected sex, they are willing to risk taking a walk on the wild side with their lives and their health for a mere 15 minutes of pleasure. Some people don’t even believe that AIDS or HIV still exists.
Tune in tonight at 8:00 P.M. to “Conversations Of A Sistah” on “Conversations Live” as we discuss how it’s an “Epic fail, if you don’t believe HIV is still alive and well“
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