Magic Johnson HIV Announcement

Background Information:

  • Magic Johnson retired from NBA from 1991 because of the HIV disease he had contracted.
  • He announced that he had HIV to the whole world on November 7th 1991.
  • Magic Johnson pledged to be a spokesman for the HIV movement.

Short Term Causes:

  • This was the first time someone as famous and powerful as Magic Johnson was outspoken about HIV.
  • It caused him to retire from NBA from the 1991 season then returned to play for the USA olympic team in 1992

Long Term Causes:

  • Magic changed the view on HIV, most people thought it was a homesexual disease but when he announced he had HIV he put that thought away.

Magic Johnson Achievements

5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)

3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)

3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)

12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)

2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992)

9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991)

All-NBA Second Team (1982)

NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980)

4× NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)

2× NBA steals leader (1981, 1982)

Future Events Influenced by This Event

  • People could now openly talk about HIV when beforehand it wasn't something you openly talked about.
  • Raised Awareness
  • Was thought to be a Gay mans disease.


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