Celebrities Living with Serious Medical Conditions

Magic Johnson (HIV)

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the first overall pick of the 1979 NBA draft, was diagnosed with HIV after a routine preseason checkup in 1991. HIV is a virus that affects the body’s ability to fight off infections like the flu. Johnson went on to become a major spokesperson, bringing awareness and breaking the public taboo about HIV/AIDS.

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February 26, 2014

Last Updated:
September 15, 2014