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Does Magic Johnson have HIV?

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As of 2014, Magic Johnson has HIV, a condition he was diagnosed with in 1991. While there is no cure for the virus that progresses to AIDS, advancements in treatment and an active, healthy lifestyle can prevented the disease from advancing to its terminal stage.

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Johnson learned he was infected with the virus during a late-October 1991 physical and held a press conference two weeks later announcing his condition and subsequent retirement from basketball. Johnson returned to the court for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game and won an Olympic Gold Medal with the "Dream Team" the same year. He aborted a 32-game comeback in 1996 amid concerns from other players that they could become infected. The 2002 Hall of Fame inductee's "Magic Johnson Foundation" was established to raise money and increase awareness of the disease.

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