Who Are Some Famous People Living With AIDS?


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Some famous people living with AIDS as of October 2015 are Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Greg Louganis. Some other famous people who have the debilitating disease are Elizabeth Glaser and Mykki Blanco.

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson was a famous NBA player who won five championships with the L.A. Lakers. He was active during the 1980s, and he won three MVP awards along the way. He retired in 1991 after he discovered that he contracted HIV. He came out of retirement twice to play, but he finally retired for good at the end of the 1996 season. His diagnosis helped educate people about the dangers of AIDS and HIV, and he has since become an advocate for the prevention of this disease.

Greg Louganis was a famous Olympic diver. One of the most infamous images of the 1988 Summer Olympics was that of the professional diver hitting his head on the springboard when he was competing. Even though he suffered from a concussion after the incident, he went on with the competitions and won two gold medals for his performance. He won ABC television's coveted "Athlete of the Year” as well, and that same year he discovered that he had HIV. He documented his experiences in a book to educate the public.

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