Some stars living with HIV include former NBA player Magic Johnson and former Olympic diver Greg Louganis. These celebrities both went public with their HIV diagnoses, helping to raise awareness about the disease.
Fans consider NBA star Magic Johnson one of the sport’s greatest players, and his skills helped the Los Angeles Lakers win numerous NBA Championships during the 1980s. Johnson revealed that he was HIV positive in 1991, helping shift public perception of the disease.
Greg Louganis was a gold medal diver during the 1980s, sweeping the diving events in two consecutive Olympic Games. First diagnosed with HIV in 1988, Louganis revealed his status in a 1995 interview with Oprah Winfrey. After his public revelation, Louganis became an outspoken advocate for both HIV awareness and LGBT rights.