The Impact of Magic Johnson’s HIV Disclosure, 30 Years On

For many watching Earvin “Magic” Johnson on television on Nov. 7, 1991, his words were tantamount to an announcement of his own death sentence. In a press conference hastily convened by Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers after a local media outlet got wind of the story, the 32-year-old NBA superstar revealed he was HIV positive.

Dr. Michael Mellman, then the Lakers team physi…

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