Magic talks

Posted on 08 May 2008 at 6:37pm


Johnson. JACQUELYN MARTIN/Associated Press

Celebrated basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson is seeking to raise awareness about AIDS. The former Los Angeles Lakers point guard spoke at Howard University on April 30 as part of a campaign to help minority communities become more educated about the disease. Washington’s AIDS rate is higher than any other major city in the country, according to a recent D.C. report on the epidemic. Rates are highest among the city’s black population. Johnson, who has been living with HIV for almost 17 years, says that to stop spreading the HIV virus that causes AIDS, it’s important for people to get tested and that people carrying the virus can still look healthy.

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