Some notable celebrities with HIV include Magic Johnson and Charlie Sheen. These celebrities went public with their diagnoses, helping to raise awareness about HIV-related issues.
NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced that he had HIV in 1991, becoming one of the first major celebrities to reveal his status to the world. Johnson thrived in the years following his diagnosis, mounting a number of NBA comebacks and starting a foundation to raise awareness about HIV.
Actor Charlie Sheen revealed that he was HIV positive in November 2015, disclosing that he had been living with the virus for four years. Rising to fame in movies such as “Platoon” and “Wall Street,” Sheen became known as one of Hollywood’s bad boys, but his announcement of his HIV helped bring the disease even further into mainstream discourse.